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Short Info

Net Worth$8 million
Date Of BirthJune 4, 1944, 1964
SpouseSteven Zax, Robert S. Burch, Dennis Hopper, John Phillips
FactGrandmother of Jamison Baldwin.

Michelle Phillips (born Holly Michelle Gilliam; June 4, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She gained fame as a member of the pop group The Mamas & the Papas in the 1960s and later had a successful solo career.

Phillips was born in Long Beach, California, the only child of Joyce Leon (née Poole) and Gardner Burnett Gilliam. Her father was a United States Navy officer who died when she was two years old. Her mother remarried and moved the family to Mexico City, where Phillips was raised. Phillips attended high school at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, where she graduated in 1962.

Phillips began her career as a model in Mexico City before moving to Los Angeles in 1964. She met John Phillips while working as a waitress at a club called The Trip. The two began dating and were married in December of that year.

The couple had one child together, daughter Mackenzie Phillips, before divorcing in 1968. Phillips continued to pursue her music career, and in 1969 she formed the group The Mamas & the Papas with her then-husband John Phillips and Denny Doherty. The group was successful, releasing several hit singles including “California Dreamin'” and “Monday, Monday”.

The group disbanded in 1971 and Phillips began a solo career. She released her self-titled debut album in 1974 and followed it with 1976’s Victim of Romance. Her third album, Star Quality, was released in 1981.

Phillips has appeared in several films and television shows over the years, including The Last Tycoon (1976), Knots Landing (1987-1988) and Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-1991). She has also released several books, including a memoir entitled California Dreamin’: The True Story of the Mamas & the Papas (1986).

Phillips is currently married to actor Dennis Quaid. The couple has been married since 2004 and have three children together.

Phillips has an estimated net worth of $5 million. She has earned her wealth through her successful music and acting careers.

General Info

Full NameMichelle Phillips
Net Worth$8 million
Date Of BirthJune 4, 1944, 1964
Place Of BirthGlasgow, United Kingdom
Height1.7 m
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, Actor


SpouseSteven Zax, Robert S. Burch, Dennis Hopper, John Phillips
ChildrenChynna Phillips, Austin Hines, Aron Wilson
ParentsGardner Burnett Gilliam, Joyce Leon Poole


AwardsTV Land Anniversary Award
NominationsAngus Book Award
MoviesThe Last Movie, Dillinger, American Anthem, Valentino, The Man with Bogart's Face, Let It Ride, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, Joshua Tree, Savage Harvest, The California Kid, No One Would Tell, Jane White Is Sick & Twisted, Assault and Matrimony, Secrets of a Married Man, Pretty Poison, Unbeatab...
TV ShowsSpicy City, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, Malibu Shores, Second Chances, Knots Landing, Hotel

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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.
3I 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.
5I will say this about Dennis Hopper: We were married for eight days and truly... they were the happiest days of my life.


1Joined 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.
2Staunch liberal Democrat.
3When she was 5 and her sister was 6, their mother died and they and their father moved to Mexico City.
4Born to Joyce Leon, née Poole, an accountant, and Gardner Burnett Gilliam, a merchant marine.
5Sang at the funeral of Denny Doherty, whose death made her the only surviving member of The Mamas and the Papas (2007).
6When 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.
7Was good friends with the Charles Manson victims Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and Voytek Frykowski.
8Grew up partly in Mexico City where her father attended college on the GI Bill.
9Ranked #23 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
10Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 (as a member of The Mamas and the Papas).
11Former stepmother of actress Mackenzie Phillips.
12The 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.
13Was married to Dennis Hopper for 8 days.
14Mother-in-law of actor William Baldwin.
15Grandmother of Jamison Baldwin.
16Mother of Chynna Phillips, Austin Hines and Aron Wilson.




Svik2009Eva Karlsen (1993)
Unbeatable Harold2006Erma
Kids in America2005Singer
Needlework Pictures Presents Francesco Vezzoli in Gore Vidal's 'Caligula'2005ShortMessalina
7th Heaven2001-2004TV SeriesLilly
Harry + Max2004Mother
Abby2003TV SeriesChristine Newton
Jane White Is Sick & Twisted2002June
That's Life2001-2002TV SeriesMaureen
Spin City2001TV SeriesJane Moore
All About Us2001TV SeriesJuliana Merrick
Stop at Nothing2001TV Movie
Rude Awakening1999-2001TV SeriesVivian
Popular2000TV SeriesHellacious Akers
The Price of Air2000Mrs. Rye
919 Fifth Avenue2000TV MovieMrs. Janet Van Degen
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel2000DeeDee Westbrook
The Magnificent Seven1998-2000TV SeriesMaude Standish
Twice in a Lifetime2000TV SeriesEdwina Lewis
Diagnosis Murder1994-1999TV SeriesLivia Parkinson / Christine Shaw
Sweetwater1999TV MovieNancy Nevins (present day)
Providence1999TV SeriesBlair Mason
Beverly Hills, 902101997-1998TV SeriesAbby Malone
Love Boat: The Next Wave1998TV SeriesQuinn Ford
Spicy City1997TV SeriesRaven
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac1997TV Mini-SeriesAnne Matheson Sumner
Pauly1997TV SeriesCassandra
The Big Easy1997TV SeriesCollette
Pretty Poison1996TV MovieMrs. Stepanek
New York Daze1996TV SeriesKaren Reeves
Malibu Shores1996TV SeriesSuki Walker
No One Would Tell1996TV MovieLaura Collins
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1995TV SeriesClaudette Wilder
Heaven Help Us1994TV Series
Herman's Head1994TV SeriesSandra Clayton
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesDenise Zima
Second Chances1993-1994TV SeriesJoanna Russell
Rubdown1993TV MovieJordana Orwitz
Knots Landing1987-1993TV SeriesAnne Matheson Anne Matheson Sumner
Army of One1993Esther Severence
Scissors1991Ann Carter
Keep on Running1991Tracy
Trenchcoat in Paradise1989TV MovieSuzanna Hollander
Let It Ride1989Mrs. Davis
Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All1989TV MovieLeora Van Treas
Star Trek: The Next Generation1988TV SeriesJenice Manheim
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1988TV SeriesKatherine Clark
Assault and Matrimony1987TV MovieMadge Evers
Hotel1983-1986TV SeriesElizabeth Bradshaw Cabot / Claire Talbot Ames / Gerry Howland
American Anthem1986Linda Tevere
Stark: Mirror Image1986TV MovieJennifer Clayton
Glitter1985TV Series
Covenant1985TV MovieClaire Noble
T.J. Hooker1985TV SeriesTeri Sherman
Murder, She Wrote1984TV SeriesRegina Kellijian
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesAlicia Marsh
Secrets of a Married Man1984TV MovieKatie Jordan
The Love Boat1981-1984TV SeriesBarbara Carroll / Sheila Price / Linda Gammon
Fox Mystery Theater1984TV SeriesSandra Lorenz
Fantasy Island1979-1984TV SeriesPrincess Nyah / The Mermaid / Helen Sinclair / ...
Automan1984TV SeriesVeronica Everly
The Mississippi1983TV SeriesCaroline Foster
Murder Me, Murder You1983TV MovieChris Jameson
The Fall Guy1983TV SeriesFay Charles
Matt Houston1982TV SeriesGlenda Collins
Moonlight1982TV MovieMeredith Tyne
Savage Harvest1981Maggie
The Man with Bogart's Face1980Gena
Vega$1980TV SeriesOfficer Cassandra Hunt
Bloodline1979Vivian Nichols
The French Atlantic Affair1979TV Mini-SeriesJennie Barber
The Users1978TV MovieMarina Brent
Aspen1977TV Mini-SeriesGloria Osborne
Valentino1977Natasha Rambova
Shampoo1975Girl at Party (uncredited)
The California Kid1974TV MovieMaggie
The Death Squad1974TV MovieJoyce Kreski
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1973TV SeriesStephanie Marks
Dillinger1973Billie Frechette
The Last Movie1971Banker's Daughter
Search for Tomorrow1951TV SeriesRuby Ashford (1983)


After the Sunset2004writer: "California Dreamin'"
Karaoke Revolution Volume 32004Video Game as Michelle Gilliam, "California Dreamin'"
A Day Without a Mexican2004as Michelle Gilliam, "California Dreaming"
25 Years of Skinnamarink2004TV Movie writer: "California Dreamin'"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
He Died with a Felafel in His Hand2001writer: "California Dreaming" - as Michelle Gilliam
Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre2001writer: "California Dreamin'"
The Big Tease1999writer: "California Dreamin' Remix" - as Michelle Gilliam
Why Do Fools Fall in Love1998writer: "California Dreamin'"
Spicy City1997TV Series performer: "Halfway to Heaven"
Beautiful Thing1996writer: "Creeque Alley"
Due South1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Congo1995"California Dreamin'"
There Goes My Baby1994writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gilliam
Chungking Express1994writer: "California Dreamin'"
Forrest Gump1994"California Dreamin'" 1963
The Critic1994TV Series 1 episode
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story1993writer: "California Dreamin'"
Air America1990writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gillian
Stella1990writer: "Carliforna Dreamin'"
She's Out of Control1989writer: "California Dreamin'"
Quiet Cool1986writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gilliam
Kate & Allie1984TV Series writer - 1 episode
Up the Creek1984performer: "Forever" - uncredited
American Pop1981writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gillian
The Hollywood Knights1980writer: "California Dreamin'"
Being There1979performer: "Basketball Jones Featuring Tyrone Shoelaces"
California Dreaming1979lyrics: "California Dreaming" / music: "California Dreaming" / performer: "Forever"
Top of the Pops1978TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mother, Jugs & Speed1976performer: "No Love Today"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1973TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Two Ronnies1973TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Kraft Music Hall1970TV Series writer - 1 episode
Free and Easy1967Documentary writer: "California Dreaming"
Shindig!1965TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Woodlands2017writer: "California Dreamin'" pre-production
Hechos y protagonistas2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
312016writer: "California Dreamin'"
Mike & Mike2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
L'odyssée2016writer: "California Dreamin"
Fargo2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
San Andreas2015writer: "California Dreamin'"
Retour à Ithaque2014writer: "California Dreamin'"
North America2013TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
American Idol2002-2012TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Voice UK2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Beatrix, Oranje onder Vuur2012TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Fringe2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera2011TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Poupoupidou2011writer: "California Dreamin'"
Las tragedias de los famosos2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
CSI: Miami2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
The National Parks: America's Best Idea2009TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Fish Tank2009writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gilliam
Adieu De Gaulle adieu2009TV Movie writer: "California Dreamin'"
Californication2008TV Series writer - 2 episodes
60/902008TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wrecking Crew!2008Documentary writer: "California Dreamin'"
California Dreamin'2007writer: "California Dreamin'"
Aliens Fall in Love2007Short writer: "California Dreamin'"
Ha-Shminiya2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Gigolos2006writer: "California Dreamin'" - as Michelle Gilliam
California Dreamin': The Songs of 'The Mamas & the Papas'2005TV Movie documentary writer: "Creeque Alley", "California Dreamin'"
Cold Case2005TV Series writer - 1 episode


Good Fortune2016DocumentaryHerself
Classic Hollywood Cinemas2016DocumentaryHerself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - The Mamas and the Papas / Herself - The Mamas & The Papas
American Masters2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation2012DocumentaryHerself
Eye on Entertainment2012TV SeriesHerself
Here I Am: Denny Doherty and the Mamas & the Papas2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2000-2009TV SeriesHerself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Start Me Up2009VideoHerself
Access Hollywood2009TV SeriesHerself
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Folk America2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Biography2000-2009TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Former Stepmother
The Florence Henderson Show2008-2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Whatever Happened To?2008TV SeriesHerself
My Music: My Generation - The 60s2008TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
1968 with Tom Brokaw2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
And the Sea Took Us2006DocumentaryMichelle Phillips (voice)
3055 Jean Leon2006Documentary
Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again2005TV Movie documentaryHerself / Anne Matheson
California Dreamin': The Songs of 'The Mamas & the Papas'2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Rock Gardens2003TV SpecialHerself - Host
Autograph2002TV SeriesHerself
Intimate Portrait2000-2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Rock Family Trees1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHerself
The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHerself - The Mamas and the Papas
Rock 'n' Roll Revolution: The British Invade America1995TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Knots Landing Block Party1993TV Special documentaryHerself / Anne Matheson
One on One with John Tesh1991-1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 8th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Actress - Prime Time
1st Annual Environmental Media Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document1990Video documentaryHerself
The Geraldo Rivera Show1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hour Magazine1981-1987TV SeriesHerself
The 2nd Commitment to Life AIDS Project Benefit1986TV MovieHerself
Santa Barbara1985TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gene Kelly1985TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Gala Opening of the American Ballet Theater1984TV MovieHerself
The 25th Annual Grammy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
The Alan Thicke Show1980-1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Actress / Vocalist / ...
The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Circus of the Stars #31979TV Special documentaryHerself - Performer
The 21st Annual Grammy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards1978TV Movie documentaryHerself
Battle of the Network Stars III1977TV SpecialHerself - NBC Team
The 4th Annual American Music Awards1977TV SpecialHerself
Don't Call Me Mama Anymore1973TV SpecialGuest Star
The Merv Griffin Show1973TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Gimme Shelter1970DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryPerformers (as Mamas and the Papas)
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
NBC Experiment in Television1968TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1966-1967TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
New American Bandstand 19651966-1967TV SeriesHerself
ABC Stage 671967TV SeriesHerself
Where the Action Is1966TV SeriesHerself
Hullabaloo1966TV SeriesHerself
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHerself - Singer

Archive Footage

Calling Automan: The Auto Feature2012Video documentary shortVeronica Everly
Ed Sullivan Presents: Rock 'N Roll Revolution2011VideoHerself
The Wrecking Crew!2008DocumentaryHerself
La tierra de las 1000 músicas2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats2003VideoHerself - Narrator (as The Mamas and the Papas)
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003DocumentaryHerself


Won Awards

2009Anniversary AwardTV Land AwardsKnots Landing (1979)
2006Spirit of the Independent AwardFt. Lauderdale International Film FestivalDocumentaryAnd the Sea Took Us (2006)
1991Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Villainess: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)

Nominated Awards

1992Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1974Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleDillinger (1973)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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