In a sordid tell-all book, actress Mackenzie Phillips alleges that her now deceased father engaged in sexual relations with her when she was in her late teens and introduced her to drugs. Phillips’ father, John Phillips was a member of the Mamas and the Papas, a popular band in the 1960s and 70s. Mackenzie Phillips is best known for her teen starring role in the television sitcom One Day at a Time, which aired for 9 years beginning in 1975. In her adult years, Mackenzie Phillips has struggled with drug addiction and has enjoyed some success in mostly minor acting roles.
Mackenzie Phillips disclosed the secret she says she has been keeping for 31 years on the Oprah Winfrey show to promote her just released book High on Arrival. As if anyone needed another celebrity tell-all book, airing dirty family laundry. Someone needs to tell Mackenzie Phillips that celebrity incest isn’t new- actress Rita Hayworth (1918-1947) covered that territory several decades ago.
And as far as the whole child film star lived secret miserable life routine, that’s been done before too. Think Shirley Temple, Brady Bunch…
Celebrity tell-alls are as common in number as they are common in the sense of “coarse, lacking in refinement or taste.” Who’s besides Mackenzie Phillips is purporting to tell all in the hopes of selling books?
Last year, Britney Spears’ mother capitalized on her daughter’s fame by writing the celebrity tell all Through the Storm.
Model Kate Moss is currently penning a tell all which promises lurid details of drug abuse and sexual infidelity.
It’s not just the celebrities and their family members who pen tell-all stories of the worst celebrity personal moments. Mickey Brett, former bodyguard to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as well as Sandra Bullock and Tom Cruise, was reported in June to be considering writing up his memoirs of life with Brangelina. Pitt and Jolie’s attorney has said that a Brett memoir of his time with the couple would breach a confidentiality agreement he signed, according to UPI.
Mackenzie Phillips’ celebrity cash-in is sad, sick, and sordid but it certainly isn’t singular.
Sources: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/23/earlyshow/leisure/celebspot/main5331219.shtml; http://quirksreviews.tripod.com/id13.html; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_Hayworth#Personal_life; http://www.actressarchives.com/news.php?id=16522; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_at_a_Time; http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2009/06/13/Celebrity-bodyguard-mulling-tell-all-book/UPI-69501244920792/.