Phillips, Michelle 1944-

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Phillips, Michelle 1944-


Original name, Holly Michelle Gilliam; born June 4, 1944, in Long Beach, CA; daughter of Gardner Burnett (a merchant marine) and Joyce Leon (an accountant; maiden name, Poole) Gilliam; married John Phillips (a musician, composer, actor, and producer), December 31, 1962 (divorced, 1968 or 1970); married Dennis Hopper (an actor and director), October 31, 1970 (divorced November 8, 1970); married Robert Burch (a radio executive), May 21, 1978 (divorced, 1980); married Grainger Hines (an actor, producer, and director; divorced); married Steven Zax (a plastic surgeon), March, 2000; children: (first marriage) Gilliam Chynna (a singer and songwriter); (fourth marriage) Austin Devereux, Aron Scott Wilson; stepchildren: Bijou Phillips (an actress), Mackenzie Phillips (an actress), Jeffrey Phillips.


Agent—Origin Talent Agency, 4705 Laurel Canyon, Suite 306, Studio City, CA 91607. Manager—Josh Scherr, Candy Entertainment, 8833 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 402, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


Actress, singer, and writer. Francis Gill Agency, New York City, model, 1962-64; performed with the Journeymen, early 1960s, then cofounder of the New Journeymen; member of the Mamas and the Papas (folk rock band), 1965-68.


American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors:

Grammy Award (with the Mamas and the Papas), best contemporary (rock and roll) group performance, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1966, for "Monday, Monday"; Golden Globe Award nomination, most promising female newcomer, 1974, for Dillinger; Medal of Honor, Stop War Toys Campaign, Alliance for Survival, 1987; Soap Opera Digest Award, outstanding prime-time villainess, 1991, and Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, outstanding prime-time actress, 1992, both for Knots Landing; inducted (with the Mamas and the Papas) into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1997; four gold albums (with the Mamas and the Papas), Recording Industry Association of America.


Television Appearances; Series:

Ruby Ashford, Search for Tomorrow, 1983.

Elizabeth Bradshaw Cabot, a recurring role, Hotel (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Hotel"), 1983-86.

Anne W. Matheson Sumner, Knots Landing, CBS, 1989-93.

Joanna, Second Chances, CBS, 1993-94.

Suki Walker, Malibu Shores, CBS, 1996.

Voice of Raven, Spicy City, 1997.

Abby Malone, a recurring role, Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 1997-98.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Maggie, The California Kid, ABC, 1974.

Joyce Kreski, The Death Squad, ABC, 1974.

Marina Brent, The Users, ABC, 1978.

Meredith Tyne, Moonlight, CBS, 1982.

Chris Jameson, Murder Me, Murder You (also known as Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer: Murder Me, Murder You"), CBS, 1983.

Katie Jordan, Secrets of a Married Man, NBC, 1984.

Claire Noble, Covenant, NBC, 1985.

Paint Me a Murder (also known as Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: Paint Me a Murder), USA Network, 1985.

Jennifer Clayton, Stark: Mirror Image (also known as Stark II), CBS, 1986.

Madge Evers, Assault and Matrimony, NBC, 1987.

Suzanna Hollander, Trenchcoat in Paradise, CBS, 1989.

Leora Van Treas, "Murder Takes All" (also known as "Mike Hammer in Las Vegas"), Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer," CBS, 1989.

Jordana Orwitz, Rubdown, USA Network, 1993.

Laura Collins, No One Would Tell, NBC, 1996.

Mrs. Stepanek, Pretty Poison, 1996.

Nancy Nevins, Sweetwater (also known as Sweetwater: A True Rock Story), VH1, 1999.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Gloria Osborne, Aspen (also known as The Innocent and the Damned), NBC, 1977.

Jennie Barber, The French Atlantic Affair, ABC, 1979.

Anne W. Matheson Sumner, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, CBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(With the Mamas and the Papas) Shindig!, 1965.

(With the Mamas and the Papas) Hullabaloo, 1966.

(With the Mamas and the Papas) Where the Action Is, 1966.

(With the Mamas and the Papas) The Hollywood Palace, 1966.

(With the Mamas and the Papas) Bandstand (also known as AB and American Bandstand), 1966, 1967.

(With the Mamas and the Papas) Toast of the Town (also known as The Ed Sullivan Show), 1966, 1967.

(With the Mamas and the Papas) "Rodgers & Hart Today," ABC Stage 67, ABC, 1967.

"The Prowler," Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, ABC, 1973.

Anne Winston Matheson, Knots Landing, CBS, 1979.

Princess Nyah the Mermaid, "The Mermaid," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1979.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1979.

"Ladies in Blue," Vegas (also known as Vega$), ABC, 1980.

Officer Cassandra Hunt, "Golden Gate Cop Killer: Parts 1 & 2," Vegas (also known as Vega$), ABC, 1980.

Princess Nyah the Mermaid, "The Mermaid Returns," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1980.

Sheila Godfrey, "Lady Godiva," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1981.

Barbara Carroll, "The Three R's," The Love Boat, ABC, 1981.

Sheila Godfrey, "Man-Beast/Ole Island Oprey," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1981.

Valerie, "The Magic Camera/Mata Hari/Valerie," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1982.

"Legends," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1982.

Linda, "Doc's Nephew," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982.

Glenda Collins, "Shark Bait," Matt Houston, ABC, 1982.

Fay Charles, "The Chameleon," The Fall Guy, ABC, 1983.

Helen Sinclair, "Three's a Crowd," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1983.

"No More Alimony," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983.

Veronica Everly, "Murder Take One," Automan, ABC, 1984.

Princess Nyah the Mermaid, "The Mermaid and the Matchmaker," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1984.

Alicia Marsh, "Yesterday's Child," Finder of Lost Loves, ABC, 1984.

Regina Kellijian, "Death Casts a Spell," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1984.

Teri Sherman, "Love Story," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1985.

"Murder on the Half Shell," Scene of the Crime, NBC, 1985.

"The Matriarch," Glitter, ABC, 1985.

Rich robbery victim, Santa Barbara, NBC, 1985.

Katherine Clark, "If Looks Could Kill," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, USA Network, 1988.

Jenice Manheim, "We'll Always Have Paris," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1988.

Denise Zima, "Who Killed the Starlet?" Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Sandra Clayton, "A Head in the Polls," Herman's Head, Fox, 1994.

Christine Radford-Shaw, "A Very Fatal Funeral," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1994.

"Stepping Out," Heaven Help Us, 1994.

Joanna Russell, "Save the Last Dance for Me," Second Chances, 1994.

Joanna Russell, "Swimming through Mud," Second Chances, 1994.

Joanna Russell, "Living In Between," Second Chances, 1994.

Claudette Wilder, "Target: Jimmy Olsen," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1995.

Karen Reeves, "Donny's Mother," Too Something (also known as New York Daze), Fox, 1996.

Cassandra, "Foreplay," Pauly, Fox, 1997.

"The Mamas and the Papas," Behind the Music (also known as BH1's Behind the Music), VH1, 1998.

Maude Standish, "Witness," The Magnificent Seven, CBS, 1998.

Quinn Ford, "True Course," The Love Boat: The Next Wave, UPN, 1998.

Maude Standish, "Sins of the Past," The Magnificent Seven, CBS, 1999.

Blair Mason, "If Memory Serves," Providence, NBC, 1999.

Vivian, "Dude Awakening," Rude Awakening, Showtime, 1999.

Vivian, "Trude Awakening," Rude Awakening, Showtime, 1999.

Livia Parkinson, "The Flame," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1999.

Edwina Lewis, "Old Flames," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX, 2000.

Maude Standish, "The Trial," The Magnificent Seven, CBS, 2000.

Hellacious Akers, "Style and Substance Abuse," Popular, The WB, 2000.

Hellacious Akers, "Ur-ine Trouble," Popular, The WB, 2000.

Juliana Merrick, "The Scare," All About Us, 2001.

Joan Moore, "The Wedding Scammer," Spin City, ABC, 2001.

"Sex in the Suburbs," That's Life, 2001.

Lily, "Regrets," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven and 7th Heaven: Beginnings), The WB, 2001.

"Michelle Phillips," Autograph, 2002.

Christine Newton, "The Mama and the Papa," Abby, UPN, 2003.

Lily, "Don't Speak Ill of the Living or the Dead," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven and 7th Heaven: Beginnings), The WB, 2004.

Lily, "Two Weddings, an Engagement, and a Funeral," 7th Heaven (also known as Seventh Heaven and 7th Heaven: Beginnings), The WB, 2004.

(With the Mamas and the Papas; in archive footage) "Lo veraniego," La tierra de la 1000 musicas, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Youth 68: Everything's Changingor Maybe It Isn't, 1968.

NBC team member, Battle of the Network Stars III, ABC, 1977.

Circus of the Stars #3, CBS, 1979.

Lifetime Salutes Mom, Lifetime, 1987.

2 YearsLater, NBC, 1990.

Host from Hawaii, CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade, CBS, 1990.

The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show, CBS, 1991.

Knots Landing Block Party, CBS, 1993.

Host, Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution: The British Invade America (also known as Ed Sullivan Presents: Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution; The British Invade America), CBS, 1995.

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Vol. 4 (also known as Plugging In), The WB, 1995.

Mackenzie Phillips: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Narrator, Rock n' Roll Forever: Ed Sullivan's Greatest Hits, 1999.

Straight Shooter: The Story of the Mamas and the Papas, 1999.

Intimate Portrait: Mackenzie Phillips, Lifetime, 2000.

Intimate Portrait: Janis Joplin, Lifetime, 2000.

Mama Cass Elliot: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Narrator, Carnie Wilson, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Michelle Phillips, Lifetime, 2002.

Intimate Portrait: Carnie Wilson, Lifetime, 2003.

Host, Rock Gardens, Home and Garden Television, 2003.

California Dreamin': The Songs of "The Mamas & and Papas," PBS, 2005.

Anne W. Matheson Sumner, Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Don't Call Me Mama Anymore, CBS, 1973.

Joanna Russell, Second Chances, 1994.

Suki Walker, Malibu Shores, CBS, 1996.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 25th Annual Grammy Awards, 1983.

American Video Awards, syndicated, 1987.

The 8th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Other:

Appearances, 1990.

919 Fifth Avenue (also known as Dominick Dunne's "919 Fifth Avenue"), 1995.

Film Appearances:

(With the Mamas and the Papas) Monterey Pop, 1968.

The banker's daughter, The Last Movie (also known as Chinchero), 1971.

Billie Frechette, Dillinger, American International Pictures, 1973.

Trixie, Miracle, 1975.

Natasha Rambova, Valentino, United Artists, 1977.

Vivian Nichols, Bloodline (also known as Sidney Sheldon's "Bloodline" and Blutspur), Paramount, 1979.

Gena, The Man with Bogart's Face (also known as Sam Marlowe, Private Eye), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980.

Maggie, Savage Harvest, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981.

Linda Tevere, American Anthem, Sony Pictures Releasing, 1986.

Mrs. Davis, Let It Ride, Paramount, 1989.

Ann Carter, Scissors, Paramount, 1991.

Keep on Running, 1991.

Esther Severence, Army of One (also known as Joshua Tree), 1993.

DeeDee Westbrook (Miss M), Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, Northern Arts Entertainment, 2000.

Mrs. Rye, The Price of Air, Artistic License, 2000.

Joan, March, Kanan/Hammerschlag, 2001.

June, Jane White Is Sick & Twisted, Asylum, 2001.

(In archive footage) Mayor of the Sunset Strip, 2003.

Mother, Harry + Max, TLA Releasing, 2004.

Singer, Kids in America, Slowhand Cinema Releasing, 2005.

Erma, Unbeatable Harold, Visual Factory, 2006.

3055 Jean Leon (documentary), 2006.

Film Work:

Song performer, "No Love Today," Mother, Jugs & Speed, 1976.


Albums; With the Mamas and the Papas:

If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, MCA, 1966.

The Mamas and The Papas, 1966.

Farewell to First Golden Era, MCA, 1967.

Deliver, MCA, 1967.

Golden Era, Vol. 2, 1968.

The Papas and the Mamas, MCA, 1968.

The Mamas and the Papas Book of Songs, 1968.

16 Greatest Hits, MCA, 1970.

Monterey International Pop Festival, One Way Records, 1971.

A Gathering of Flowers, 1971.

Biggest Hits, 1971.

People Like Us, Laserlight, 1971.

20 Golden Hits, 1973.

Monday, Monday, 1973.

California, 1974.

The ABC Collection: Greatest Hits, 1976.

The Best of the Mamas and the Papas, Arcade, 1977.

California Dreamin', M&S, 1978.

20 Greatest Hits, 1980.

Presented By, 1980.

Hits of Gold, MCA, 1981.

The Best of the Mamas and the Papas, MCA, 1987.

The Papas and The Mamas, MCA, 1987.

Deliver, MCA, 1987.

Collection, 1988.

The Very Best of the Mamas and the Papas, Arcade, 1988.

Elliott, Phillips, Gilliam, Doherty, 1988.

The Very Best of the Mamas and the Papas, Platinum Music, 1988.

Mamas and the Papas, MCA, 1990.

Best of the Mamas and the Papas, Alex, 1991.

Daydream, Ariola, 1992.

Creeque Alley/The History of The Mamas and the Papas, MCA, 1991.

Words of Love, Pair, 1993.

California Dreamin', Universal Special Products, 1994.

Very Best of the Mamas and the Papas, Universal/Polygram, 1996.

California Dreamin': Live in Concert, Prism, 1998.

Greatest Hits, MCA, 1998.

Great: Live, Goldies, 1998.

Deliver/Papas and Mamas, 1999.

Before They Were the Mamas and the PapasThe Magic Circle, Varese Vintage, 1999.

Best of the Mamas and the Papas: 20th Century Masters, MCA, 1999.

California Dreamin', Columbia River, 1999.

Universal Masters Collection: Classic, Universal/Polygram, 1999.

The Mamas and the Papas: Magic Collection, Magic Collection, 2000.

All the Leaves Are Brown: The Golden Era Collection, MCA, 2001.

California Dreamin', Laserlight, 2002.

Live at the Savoy 1982, Sold Out, Ryodisc USA, 2003.

The Mamas and the Papas, Delta, 2004.

Gold: Greatest Hits, Universal International, 2004.

Complete Anthology, Universal/MCA, 2005.

Gold, Geffen, 2005.

Dreamin' Live, Legacy, 2005.

The Ultimate Collection, Geffen, 2005.

California Dreamin', Falcon, 2005.

Best Selection, Universal, 2006.

California Dreamin': The Best of the Mamas and the Papas, Universal, 2006.

Best One, Universal/MCA, 2006.

Colour Collection, Universal, 2007.

Singles with the Mamas and the Papas include "California Dreamin/Monday Monday," Universal/Polygram, 2002.

Albums; Other:

Victim of Romance, A&M, 1977.


Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document, 1990.

(With the Mamas and the Papas) Straight Shooter, Rhino, 1991.

The Very Best of the Mamas and the Papas, Music Video Distributors, 2001.

California Dreamin': The Songs of the Mamas and the Papas, Hip-O, 2005.



California Dreamin': The Story of The Mamas and the Papas, Warner Books, 1986.

Songs Featured in Films:

Writer (with John Phillips) of the hit song "California Dreamin'," recorded by the Mamas and the Papas; this song has been featured in numerous films, from Free and Easy in 1967 to Forrest Gump, 1994, The Big Tease, 1999, and After the Sunset, 2004.



Greenwald, Matthew, editor, Go Where You Wanna Go: The Oral History of the Mamas & the Papas, Cooper Square Press, 2002.

Phillips, Michelle, California Dreamin': The Story of The Mamas and the Papas, Warner Books, 1986.


People Weekly, January 26, 1998, p. 85.


Straight Shooter: The Story of the Mamas and the Papas (television special), 1999.

Intimate Portrait: Michelle Phillips (television special), Lifetime, 2002.

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