Actress Mackenzie Phillips is now 63 years old. She has had a largely successful career in Hollywood.
Her most notable roles were of Carol Morrison in the movie American Graffiti, in her teenage years she played Julie Mora Cooper Horvath on the popular sitcom One Day at a Time and much more!
Laura Mackenzie Phillips was born on November 10, 1959 to her parents John Phillips, who was a singer in The Mamas & the Papas group and his first wife Susan Adams.
Later on in her life when she began her professional career, she became known only as Mackenzie Phillips. Her
She is widely known for her iconic roles in projects such as “American Graffiti,” “One Day at a Time,” “So Weird,” and “Orange Is The New Black.”
She was in Highland Hall Waldorf School, when at the age of 12 she formed a band with 3 of her classmates. A casting agent saw their band’s performance and this is where her career began.
It was the 1970s and Mackenzie got a role on “American Graffiti” and became she became a star in the 1970s. She then got the role of Julie Cooper in “One Day at a Time.”
When the show was in its third season, Mackenzie was arrested for possessing cocaine and then fired from the show in 1980. She returned to the show in 1981, however in 1983 she was fired again for sleeping during rehearsals and refusing to take a drug test. The writers wrote her character out of the show.
In her 2009 memoir “High on Arrival,” she revealed that the first time she tried drugs was when she was 11 years old and with her father.
Having started drug use at such a young age, she had two near-fatal experiences with overdosing and went to rehab after to get clean. She got clean in 1981 but relapsed soon after.
In 1992 she went to a long-term rehab program that lasted for nine months. But it clearly did not work because she was arrested in 2008 again for possession of drugs.