A Mackenzie Phillips family secret is coming out on Oprah. Whether a Mackenzie Phillips family secret revelation will help ratings or not has yet to be seen, but Oprah is hoping for it on the Wednesday episode of her show. The obvious reason for her to go out to do interviews is that she has a new book coming out soon, and wants to drum up some interest to possibly help sales. I think that the biggest problem for Mackenzie Phillips, though, is that many people in the United States are saying to themselves, “Who is Mackenzie Phillips?” This generation may not even know her parents, whose father was the lead singer for The Mamas & The Papas.
The reason that Mackenzie Phillips is famous is that she was a young star on the television show One Day at a Time back in the 1970s. She ended up leaving the show once due to drug abuse, and then was fired when she came back to the show later for alleged rampant cocaine use. She had two near fatal overdoses during her time on the show, including one instance where she actually collapsed right on the set. That was her claim to fame, besides being born to a famous musician, and while she was in the news intermittently for several marriages that didn’t quite work out, she hasn’t been in the spotlight for very much of her life. One thing that people may recognize her from was a small part on American Graffiti way back in 1973.
Now Mackenzie Phillips is coming back into the line-light, all with the intent of selling a few books about her life up to this point. Some may know her half-sister Bijou Phillips who has also acted in a few films including Almost Famous. Now she is also the sister-in-law of William Baldwin. So, what exactly is going to be revealed on the Wednesday episode of Oprah? Maybe it is something about her current family, maybe it is something about her parents from back in the 1970’s, or maybe its something outside of those spectrums that just hasn’t made it into the public eye as of yet.
It is definitely going to be interesting to see if the buzz that Mackenzie Phillips is creating turns into raw numbers of book sales, or if this is just a big over-blown media blitz that won’t actually pan out to anything of importance. One has to consider the possibility that Oprah knows what the secret is already, and plans to parlay that into some great ratings when it finally gets leaked. Until the actual show hits the air, and up until we know for sure what the rumor is, its going to continue to just be a rumor and nothing more than that. Is this enough to get us to tune in to Oprah? Or is everyone going to hear about this “bombshell” and ask, “Who cares?”
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