Wednesday, January 18, 2006
This is it!
I actually learned something once watching E! I was party to a great hypocrisy in my youth, revealed to me while watching the Mackenzie Phillips "True Hollywood Story," referenced earlier as a classic of infodocudrama. Seems when Miss Phillips addressed my middle school assembly about the evils of drugs (as part of her probation, I discovered) she was, in fact, shooting up. No wonder I strayed.
For those unfamiliar with Phillips' story ...
The daughter of New York socialite Suzy January and Mamas and the Papas member John Phillips, Mackenzie Phillips was one of the biggest young stars in the 1970s. By the age of 15, she had appeared in American Graffiti and landed a starring role on the sitcom One Day at a Time. But her personal life was difficult. Her parents went through a bitter divorce when she was a child, and Phillips was frequently left alone, where she found solace in drugs. After being raped at age 14, her addictions intensified and got worse following her disastrous early marriage and her two firings from One Day at a Time. Not even her pregnancy could stop her drug abuse. Finally, however, Mackenzie Phillips successfully made it through rehab at age 32.