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Michelle Phillips

Biography

Singer using the 1960s music group the Mamas & the Papas who also acted in a number of films, like the California Child. She was raised in Mexico Town while her dad studied there. She actually is the last making it through member of the initial group within the Mamas as well as the Papas. She’s married four occasions: 1st to John Phillips on Dec 31, 1962, after that to Dennis Hopper on Oct 31, 1970, after that to Robert S. Burch on, may 21, 1978, and lastly to Steven Zax in 2000. She’s a child, Chynna, and two sons, Austin and Aron. She visitor starred in Knots Getting with Alec Baldwin.

Quick Facts


Full Name Michelle Phillips
Date Of Birth June 4, 1944
Place Of Birth Long Beach, CA
Height 1.7 m
Profession Folk Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Steven Zax, Robert S. Burch, Dennis Hopper, John Phillips
Children Chynna Phillips, Austin Hines, Aron Wilson
Parents Gardner Burnett Gilliam, Joyce Leon Poole
Awards TV Land Anniversary Award
Music Groups The Mamas & the Papas
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress
Movies Dillinger, Monterey Pop, The Last Movie, The Man with Bogart's Face, American Anthem, Let It Ride, Valentino, Savage Harvest, The California Kid, Harry + Max, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, No One Would Tell, Jane White Is Sick & Twisted, Assault and Matrimony, Joshua Tree, Secrets of a Married Man, Bloodline, Unbeatable Harold, Pretty Poison, Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All, Murder Me, Murder You, The Users, Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula, Scissors, Sweetwater, The Price of Air, The Death Squad, Rubdown, Ed Sullivan: Rock 'n' Roll Revolution, 919 Fifth Avenue, The Mamas & the Papas: Straight Shooter, And the Sea Took Us, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, Moonlight, The Covenant, Paint Me a Murder, March
TV Shows Spicy City, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, Malibu Shores, Second Chances, Knots Landing, Hotel, The French Atlantic Affair
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1 Joined the cast of Knots Landing (1979) in 1987, as Anne, however, Donna Mills was already the show's "main villainous" at the time, hence, she rejoined the cast after Mills's departure.
2 Staunch liberal Democrat.
3 When she was 5 and her sister was 6, their mother died and they and their father moved to Mexico City.
4 Born to Joyce Leon, née Poole, an accountant, and Gardner Burnett Gilliam, a merchant marine.
5 Sang at the funeral of Denny Doherty, whose death made her the only surviving member of The Mamas and the Papas (2007).
6 When The Mamas and the Papas were in the Bahamas and could not afford the flight back to the United States, she won 17 straight shoots at a craps/table, coming out with enough money to buy first-class airplane tickets for everybody.
7 Was good friends with the Charles Manson victims Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and Voytek Frykowski.
8 Grew up partly in Mexico City where her father attended college on the GI Bill.
9 Ranked #23 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
10 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (as a member of The Mamas and the Papas).
11 Former stepmother of actress Mackenzie Phillips.
12 The wildly popular 1960 pop/folk group The Mamas and the Papas ("Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin'" were their biggest hits), comprised Michelle and her husband at the time, John Phillips, along with Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty. Michelle was temporarily kicked out of the group (replaced by Jill Gibson) after it was discovered she was having an affair with the other "Papa" (Doherty), whom Cass had a crush on. However, the fans missed her and she was soon brought back, but the damage had been done and the group wasted no time in splitting up.
13 Was married to Dennis Hopper for 8 days.
14 Mother-in-law of actor William Baldwin.
15 Grandmother of Jamison Baldwin.
16 Mother of Chynna Phillips, Austin Hines and Aron Wilson.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Svik 2009 Eva Karlsen (1993)
Unbeatable Harold 2006 Erma
Kids in America 2005 Singer
Needlework Pictures Presents Francesco Vezzoli in Gore Vidal's 'Caligula' 2005 Short Messalina
7th Heaven 2001-2004 TV Series Lilly
Harry + Max 2004 Mother
Abby 2003 TV Series Christine Newton
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted 2002 June
That's Life 2001-2002 TV Series Maureen
March 2001 Joan
Spin City 2001 TV Series Jane Moore
All About Us 2001 TV Series Juliana Merrick
Stop at Nothing 2001 TV Movie
Rude Awakening 1999-2001 TV Series Vivian
Popular 2000 TV Series Hellacious Akers
The Price of Air 2000 Mrs. Rye
919 Fifth Avenue 2000 TV Movie Mrs. Janet Van Degen
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel 2000 DeeDee Westbrook
The Magnificent Seven 1998-2000 TV Series Maude Standish
Twice in a Lifetime 2000 TV Series Edwina Lewis
Diagnosis Murder 1994-1999 TV Series Livia Parkinson / Christine Shaw
Sweetwater 1999 TV Movie Nancy Nevins (present day)
Providence 1999 TV Series Blair Mason
Beverly Hills, 90210 1997-1998 TV Series Abby Malone
Love Boat: The Next Wave 1998 TV Series Quinn Ford
Spicy City 1997 TV Series Raven
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac 1997 TV Mini-Series Anne Matheson Sumner
Pauly 1997 TV Series Cassandra
The Big Easy 1997 TV Series Collette
Pretty Poison 1996 TV Movie Mrs. Stepanek
New York Daze 1996 TV Series Karen Reeves
Malibu Shores 1996 TV Series Suki Walker
No One Would Tell 1996 TV Movie Laura Collins
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1995 TV Series Claudette Wilder
Heaven Help Us 1994 TV Series
Herman's Head 1994 TV Series Sandra Clayton
Burke's Law 1994 TV Series Denise Zima
Second Chances 1993-1994 TV Series Joanna Russell
Rubdown 1993 TV Movie Jordana Orwitz
Knots Landing 1987-1993 TV Series Anne Matheson Anne Matheson Sumner
Army of One 1993 Esther Severence
Scissors 1991 Ann Carter
Keep on Running 1991 Tracy
Trenchcoat in Paradise 1989 TV Movie Suzanna Hollander
Let It Ride 1989 Mrs. Davis
Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All 1989 TV Movie Leora Van Treas
Star Trek: The Next Generation 1988 TV Series Jenice Manheim
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1988 TV Series Katherine Clark
Assault and Matrimony 1987 TV Movie Madge Evers
Hotel 1983-1986 TV Series Elizabeth Bradshaw Cabot / Claire Talbot Ames / Gerry Howland
American Anthem 1986 Linda Tevere
Stark: Mirror Image 1986 TV Movie Jennifer Clayton
Glitter 1985 TV Series
Covenant 1985 TV Movie Claire Noble
T.J. Hooker 1985 TV Series Teri Sherman
Murder, She Wrote 1984 TV Series Regina Kellijian
Finder of Lost Loves 1984 TV Series Alicia Marsh
Secrets of a Married Man 1984 TV Movie Katie Jordan
The Love Boat 1981-1984 TV Series Barbara Carroll / Sheila Price / Linda Gammon
Fox Mystery Theater 1984 TV Series Sandra Lorenz
Fantasy Island 1979-1984 TV Series Princess Nyah / The Mermaid / Helen Sinclair / ...
Automan 1984 TV Series Veronica Everly
The Mississippi 1983 TV Series Caroline Foster
Murder Me, Murder You 1983 TV Movie Chris Jameson
The Fall Guy 1983 TV Series Fay Charles
Matt Houston 1982 TV Series Glenda Collins
Moonlight 1982 TV Movie Meredith Tyne
Savage Harvest 1981 Maggie
The Man with Bogart's Face 1980 Gena
Vega$ 1980 TV Series Officer Cassandra Hunt
Bloodline 1979 Vivian Nichols
The French Atlantic Affair 1979 TV Mini-Series Jennie Barber
The Users 1978 TV Movie Marina Brent
Aspen 1977 TV Mini-Series Gloria Osborne
Valentino 1977 Natasha Rambova
Miracle 1975 Short Trixie
Shampoo 1975 Girl at Party (uncredited)
The California Kid 1974 TV Movie Maggie
The Death Squad 1974 TV Movie Joyce Kreski
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law 1973 TV Series Stephanie Marks
Dillinger 1973 Billie Frechette
The Last Movie 1971 Banker's Daughter
Search for Tomorrow 1951 TV Series Ruby Ashford (1983)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
After the Sunset 2004 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Karaoke Revolution Volume 3 2004 Video Game as Michelle Gilliam, "California Dreamin'"
A Day Without a Mexican 2004 as Michelle Gilliam, "California Dreaming"
25 Years of Skinnamarink 2004 TV Movie writer: "California Dreamin'"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
He Died with a Felafel in His Hand 2001 writer: "California Dreaming" - as Michelle Gilliam
Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre 2001 writer: "California Dreamin'"
The Big Tease 1999 writer: "California Dreamin' Remix" - as Michelle Gilliam
Why Do Fools Fall in Love 1998 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Spicy City 1997 TV Series performer: "Halfway to Heaven"
Beautiful Thing 1996 writer: "Creeque Alley"
Due South 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Congo 1995 "California Dreamin'"
There Goes My Baby 1994 writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gilliam
Chungking Express 1994 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Forrest Gump 1994 "California Dreamin'" 1963
The Critic 1994 TV Series 1 episode
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story 1993 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Air America 1990 writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gillian
Stella 1990 writer: "Carliforna Dreamin'"
She's Out of Control 1989 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Quiet Cool 1986 writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gilliam
Kate & Allie 1984 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Up the Creek 1984 performer: "Forever" - uncredited
American Pop 1981 writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gillian
The Hollywood Knights 1980 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Being There 1979 performer: "Basketball Jones Featuring Tyrone Shoelaces"
California Dreaming 1979 lyrics: "California Dreaming" / music: "California Dreaming" / performer: "Forever"
Top of the Pops 1978 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mother, Jugs & Speed 1976 performer: "No Love Today"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law 1973 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Two Ronnies 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Kraft Music Hall 1970 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Free and Easy 1967 Documentary writer: "California Dreaming"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Woodlands 2017 writer: "California Dreamin'" pre-production
Hechos y protagonistas 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
31 2016 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Mike & Mike 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
L'odyssée 2016 writer: "California Dreamin"
Fargo 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
San Andreas 2015 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Retour à Ithaque 2014 writer: "California Dreamin'"
North America 2013 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
American Idol 2002-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Voice UK 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur 2012 TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Fringe 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera 2011 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Poupoupidou 2011 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Las tragedias de los famosos 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: Miami 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fish Tank 2009 writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gilliam
Adieu De Gaulle adieu 2009 TV Movie writer: "California Dreamin'"
Californication 2008 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
60/90 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary writer: "California Dreamin'"
California Dreamin' 2007 writer: "California Dreamin'"
Aliens Fall in Love 2007 Short writer: "California Dreamin'"
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Gigolos 2006 writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gilliam
California Dreamin': The Songs of 'The Mamas & the Papas' 2005 TV Movie documentary writer: "Creeque Alley", "California Dreamin'"
Cold Case 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Fortune 2016 Documentary Herself
Classic Hollywood Cinemas 2016 Documentary Herself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself - The Mamas and the Papas / Herself - The Mamas & The Papas
American Masters 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation 2012 Documentary Herself
Eye on Entertainment 2012 TV Series Herself
Here I Am: Denny Doherty and the Mamas & the Papas 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2000-2009 TV Series Herself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Start Me Up 2009 Video Herself
Access Hollywood 2009 TV Series Herself
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Folk America 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Biography 2000-2009 TV Series documentary Herself / Herself - Former Stepmother
The Florence Henderson Show 2008-2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Whatever Happened To? 2008 TV Series Herself
My Music: My Generation - The 60s 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself - Host
1968 with Tom Brokaw 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
And the Sea Took Us 2006 Documentary Michelle Phillips (voice)
3055 Jean Leon 2006 Documentary
Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself / Anne Matheson
California Dreamin': The Songs of 'The Mamas & the Papas' 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Rock Gardens 2003 TV Special Herself - Host
Autograph 2002 TV Series Herself
Intimate Portrait 2000-2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Rock Family Trees 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Herself - The Mamas and the Papas
Rock 'n' Roll Revolution: The British Invade America 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself - Host
The Knots Landing Block Party 1993 TV Special documentary Herself / Anne Matheson
One on One with John Tesh 1991-1992 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 8th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Actress - Prime Time
1st Annual Environmental Media Awards 1991 TV Special Herself
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself
Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document 1990 Video documentary Herself
The Geraldo Rivera Show 1990 TV Series Herself - Guest
Hour Magazine 1981-1987 TV Series Herself
The 2nd Commitment to Life AIDS Project Benefit 1986 TV Movie Herself
Santa Barbara 1985 TV Series Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly 1985 TV Special documentary Herself (uncredited)
Gala Opening of the American Ballet Theater 1984 TV Movie Herself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself
The Alan Thicke Show 1980-1981 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1980 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Actress / Vocalist / ...
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards 1980 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1979 TV Series Herself - Guest
Circus of the Stars #3 1979 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer
The 21st Annual Grammy Awards 1979 TV Special Herself
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1979 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1978 TV Movie documentary Herself
Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 TV Special Herself - NBC Team
The 4th Annual American Music Awards 1977 TV Special Herself
Don't Call Me Mama Anymore 1973 TV Special Guest Star
The Merv Griffin Show 1973 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards 1971 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Gimme Shelter 1970 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards 1970 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Monterey Pop 1968 Documentary Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Herself - Guest
NBC Experiment in Television 1968 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1966-1967 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
New American Bandstand 1965 1966-1967 TV Series Herself
ABC Stage 67 1967 TV Series Herself
Where the Action Is 1966 TV Series Herself
Hullabaloo 1966 TV Series Herself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Herself - Singer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Calling Automan: The Auto Feature 2012 Video documentary short Veronica Everly
Ed Sullivan Presents: Rock 'N Roll Revolution 2011 Video Herself
The Wrecking Crew! 2008 Documentary Herself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats 2003 Video Herself - Narrator (as The Mamas and the Papas)
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Anniversary Award TV Land Awards Knots Landing (1979) · Lisa Hartman
· William Devane
· Kevin Dobson
· David Jacobs (producer)
· Michele Lee
· Constance McCashin
· Donna Mills
· Don Murray
· Ted Shackelford
· Joan Van Ark
2006 Spirit of the Independent Award Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Documentary And the Sea Took Us (2006)
1991 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Villainess: Prime Time Knots Landing (1979)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress: Prime Time Knots Landing (1979)
1974 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Female Dillinger (1973)


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#Quote
1 [on Warren Beatty] He was a horrible person to be dating because he did nothing but flirt with other women and then act innocent about it.
2 [asked what word comes to mind when she looks into a mirror] Lucky.
3 I don't mind feeling naked. I'm fine with nothing.
4 [about her friend Cass Elliot] There will never be anyone like her in my lifetime. I will never have a friend like her, or an influence like her. And I will never hear another voice like hers.
5 I will say this about Dennis Hopper: We were married for eight days and truly... they were the happiest days of my life.


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