Laura Mackenzie Phillips is an American singer and actress that
gained most of her fame for her roles in films such as in American
Graffiti and playing Julie Cooper on the sitcom One Day
at a Time. In more recent times, Phillips is known for her
role on the Disney Channel science fiction show "So Weird".
In September 2009, Phillips released a memoir called "High
on Arrival". She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey
show for an hour-long interview. On the show, Phillips revealed
that her first experience with cocaine was at the age of 11.
She claimed that her father was a heavy drug user and that he
injected her with cocaine. From that point on, a harrowing string
of drug abuse would trouble Phillips' entire life.
In August 27th of 2008,
she was arrested by the Los Angeles Airport Police
on charges of possession of cocaine and heroin after being caught
by airport security screening. On Halloween of 2008, Phillips
pleaded guilty to one felony count of cocaine possession and was
sentenced to a drug rehabilitation program. Phillips drug case
ultimately got dismissed after she successfully completed a drug
Phillips battles with addiction, while not life ending, have
definitely made their mark on her life in more ways than one.
Drug addiction got Phillips fired from her TV series One Day
At A Time twice. Phillips attempted and was successful at
staying clean for nearly 10 years before prescribed painkillers,
which slowly caused her to descend into a heroin addiction that
had her shooting up with the drug almost every twenty minutes,
shattered the sobriety.
According to Phillips, her drug addiction was, in some part,
rooted in her early incestuous relationship with her father (John
Phillips who was leader of the band, the Mamas and the Papas).
Phillips told Oprah Winfrey that te relationship began when she
was 18 years old, when she was passed out from drugs and her father
was under the influence of heavy narcotics. For the next 10 years
Phillips said she continued to have sex with her father.
The 1980's would be a hazy torrent of forgotten nights that would
end with her waking from blackouts to find her pants around her
ankles and her father sleeping beside her. It didn't happen every
single day or week, but it happened enough times to be called
By the time Phillips was
29, the relationship she had with her father had
become consensual. She was aware that it was wrong, but compared
the situation to Stockholm syndrome, when one becomes infatuated
with their captor as a means of coping. She had an adjoining room
with her father and rarely went to her own at night, often waking
up from a drug induced stupor to find her in bed next to him.
According to Phillips, the incestuous relationship continued
until she became pregnant with a child for whom she could not
identify a father. Phillips remarked that she tried to box it
away and deny its existence, but after 30 years, the gravity of
what she had been doing simply became too heavy to bear.
Mackenzie Phillips' intimate relationship with her father came
to an end and she realized that staying sober as a way of asserting
herself against his influence.