Michelle Phillips born Holly Michelle Gilliam ; June 4, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and former model. She rose to fame as a vocalist in the musical quartet the Mamas and the Papas in the mids. Phillips garnered critical acclaim for her voice, which was deemed by Time magazine as the "purest soprano in pop music.
Phillips is the last surviving original member of the Mamas and the Papas. While working as a model in San Francisco , she met and married John Phillips in and went on to co-found the vocal group the Mamas and the Papas in The band rose to fame with their popular singles " California Dreamin' " and " Creeque Alley ", both of which she co-wrote.
They released five studio albums before their dissolution in With John Phillips, she gave birth to a daughter, singer Chynna Phillips. After the breakup of the Mamas and the Papas and her divorce from John Phillips, she transitioned into acting, appearing in a supporting part in The Last Movie before being cast as Billie Frechette in the critically acclaimed crime biopic Dillinger , for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
In , she had lead roles in two television films: the crime feature The Death Squad , and the teen drama The California Kid , in the latter of which she starred opposite Martin Sheen. She went on to appear in a number of films throughout the remainder of the s, including Ken Russell 's Valentino , playing Natacha Rambova , and the thriller Bloodline She released her only solo album, Victim of Romance , in Phillips appeared in a number of films in the s, first in the comedy The Man with Bogart's Face The following year, she co-starred with Tom Skerritt in the nature-themed horror film Savage Harvest , followed by the television films Secrets of a Married Man and The Covenant In , she joined the cast of the series Knots Landing , portraying Anne Matheson, the mother of Paige Matheson portrayed by Nicollette Sheridan until the series' conclusion.
She subsequently had supporting roles in the comedy film Let It Ride and the psychological thriller Scissors Phillips continued to appear in independent films after the millennium, with supporting parts in Jane White is Sick and Twisted and Kids in America and had recurring guest roles in the television series That's Life — and 7th Heaven — She was an outspoken critic of the Bush administration in the mids and has also advocated the legalization of recreational cannabis.
She is not related to film director and animator Terry Gilliam of Monty Python fame. She would lie on the couch in the evenings, listening as my father read to her. One night, after my sister and I had been put to bed, my mother just raised her head, fell unconscious on the couch, and that was it. Following her mother's death, Phillips' father, wanting a change of scenery, relocated the family to Buffalo, New York , where they lived for nine months while he worked as a bartender.
At the age of thirteen, Phillips returned to the United States with her father and sister, settling again in Los Angeles. In mid, at age 17, Phillips relocated to San Francisco to live with her friend, Tamar Hodel, and began working as a model. We had a friend, Eddie, Tamar's hairdresser, who was a flaming homosexual and proud of it. Remember that this was early for gays to be obvious. Eddie was the first I knew and loved who was blatant. He loved to do our hair and make my face up and dress me We didn't always have a lot of money, but I only once went to bed hungry.
After her marriage to John Phillips at age eighteen, the couple relocated to New York City, where they began writing songs together. Recording of the Mamas and the Papas' second album, titled The Mamas and the Papas and sometimes referred to as Cass, John, Michelle, Dennie , whose names appear thus above the band's name on the cover was interrupted when Michelle Phillips became indiscreet about her affair with Gene Clark of the Byrds.
Recounting the experience, Phillips said: "[It was like] a Renaissance Fair. It was convenient for the artists and the audience. Practically everyone had a seat, and if not, people were lining up against the fence, and they could see and hear. Or people were sitting outside, you could hear it outside, too It was lovely. In August , the band played what would be their final live performance at the Hollywood Bowl. In February , she gave birth to a daughter, Chynna Phillips , who later became a vocalist with the s pop trio Wilson Phillips.
Her first film role came in Dennis Hopper 's film The Last Movie , in a minor part; she and Hopper married shortly after the production on October 31, ,  but the union lasted only eight days.
It was just a wonderful, wonderful experience for me and I had so much support and so much help and so much encouragement. That was really my first movie.
Dennis' movie [ The Last Movie ] was a lot of improvisation and craziness. In , she was featured in the action-horror television film The California Kid opposite Martin Sheen and also appeared briefly in a party scene with Warren Beatty in Shampoo ; Phillips had been dating Beatty at the time, and the appearance was a cameo. I'm good, but Cass was always better. The film received mixed reviews, with Time Out London saying: "Structured as a series of flashbacks from Valentino's funeral to his early years in America, the first hour or so of this biopic is Russell's sanest and most controlled work in several years, despite its hollow cynicism.
In , she appeared in the film adaptation of the Sidney Sheldon novel Bloodline , a thriller starring Audrey Hepburn and Ben Gazzara. Released in June , Bloodline received negative reviews from critics,  and Phillips's performance along with those of James Mason and Maurice Ronet was criticized by Variety as being "drab. Her other film credits during this period include roles in the comedy The Man with Bogart's Face ,  the nature horror film Savage Harvest , about a family being attacked by a pride of lions,  and American Anthem Gregory; Phillips continued to appear in the series until Beginning in , Phillips starred on Knots Landing as the constantly scheming Anne Matheson Sumner , the mother of star Nicollette Sheridan 's character Paige Matheson , becoming a series regular in On December 2, , Phillips was arrested in Amarillo, Texas , for marijuana possession after being pulled over for speeding.
While starring on Knots Landing , Phillips continued to appear in films, including a supporting role in 's gambling-themed Let It Ride , co-starring with Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr , playing what Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times characterized as a "deliciously blonde society tramp. Phillips began dating Steve Zax, a plastic surgeon, in After the millennium, Phillips continued to occasionally appear in films. In , Zax, Phillips's long-term partner of eighteen years, died. Phillips has been noted for her soprano vocals, and was once deemed by Time as "the purest soprano" in pop music.
She was very generous vocally, too. John would give us these impossibly high parts to sing because he loved the sound of girls in the clouds. Cass would tell me, 'Just go for it, Mich! You know I'm gonna make it - come and join me! During a interview with Arsenio Hall , Phillips advocated providing teenagers with a pragmatic education on drugs, specifically the distinguishing of psychedelics and marijuana from more addictive substances such as cocaine and heroin.
It was a pregnancy issue, and venereal disease I raised [my children] in the same way that I was raised myself: When I was a young girl, my father said, "When you become sexually active, let me know, so that we can arrange for you not to get pregnant. In , Phillips advocated legalization of marijuana , crediting it with helping her quit smoking cigarettes: "When I really, really, really wanted a cigarette, I would take a puff of pot, and the cravings would go away," she said.
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