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Mackenzie Phillips- Actress, Author & Advocate

Mackenzie Phillips presenting "Road to Recovery"

Mackenzie Phillips is an actress and singer best known for her roles in American Graffiti and as rebellious teenager Julie Cooper on the sitcom One Day at a Time. She is most recently known for her role on Disney channel’s science – fiction show So Weird.

Mackenzie is the daughter of John Phillips, lead singer of the 60s band, The Mamas and the Papas. As a troubled teen star, Phillips made several visits to rehab before getting sober.

Mackenzie’s struggles with addiction have been well documented in her bestselling memoir “High On Arrival” and in the media. She was featured on OWN "Where Are They Now" in April.

Phillips now wishes to use her past experiences to help others and offer hope to individuals who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction. She is currently working with Breathe Life Healing Centers in California.

From her memoir: “I think about my mug shot in the tabloids. And I think of all that happened before, between, and after. The rest of the story. It is time to sort out a life that too often I left blurry, unprocessed, unreal, hoping that in doing so I would be leaving it behind me forever. It is time for me to return to that life, to face it, explain it, accept it, and let it rest as the insane, fun, ridiculous, terrifying, and true sequence that led a bright, goofy, famous little girl to a bleak jail bench, and I want to do it right, so that it is real and whole, and I in turn become real and whole…”