Chynna Phillips

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Chynna Phillips
Chynna Phillips.jpg
Phillips performing with Wilson Phillips in 2013
Background information
Birth nameChynna Gilliam Phillips
Born(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 46)
OriginLos Angeles, United States
Years active1975–present
LabelsSBK Records
Associated actsWilson Phillips
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Chynna Phillips
Chynna Phillips.jpg
Phillips performing with Wilson Phillips in 2013
Background information
Birth nameChynna Gilliam Phillips
Born(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 46)
OriginLos Angeles, United States
Years active1975–present
LabelsSBK Records
Associated actsWilson Phillips

Chynna Phillips (born February 12, 1968) is an American singer and actress, known for being a member of Wilson Phillips. She is the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas band members John and Michelle Phillips and the half-sister of Mackenzie Phillips and Bijou Phillips.

Early life and film work[edit]

Phillips was born Chynna Gilliam Phillips in Los Angeles.[1] Phillips began her career in acting. She appeared in films such as 1987's Some Kind of Wonderful, 1988's Caddyshack II,1988's Moving Target, 1989's Say Anything and as the title character Roxanne Pulitzer in the 1989 television biographical film Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer.

In 1995, she returned to acting appearing as Kim MacAfee in the television movie Bye Bye Birdie. In 2004, she voiced the character of Kitty along with her husband William Baldwin as Johnny 13 in Danny Phantom.

Phillips was a contestant on the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was two-time finalist Tony Dovolani. While she seemed to be one of the frontrunners to win, Phillips was unexpectedly eliminated in the fourth week of competition. Despite her early exit, Phillips held a much higher average of scores compared to celebrities who lasted much longer than she did.

Music career[edit]

In the late 1980s, Phillips formed the trio Wilson Phillips with her childhood friends Carnie and Wendy Wilson. The group released their self-titled debut album in 1990. The album would go on to sell eight million copies.[2][3] The group's second album, Shadows and Light, released in 1992, was a commercial disappointment, despite being certified platinum.[4] After that project, Phillips left the group, citing exhaustion.[5]

In 1995, Phillips released her debut solo album, Naked and Sacred, but failed to recapture the success she found with Wilson Phillips.[3] In 2004, Wilson Phillips reunited to record their third album California, which featured cover tunes from West Coast singers from the 1960s and '70s.[6]

In the October 15, 2007 issue of People magazine, she was said to be writing songs for a Christian album.[7] She appeared in brother-in-law Stephen Baldwin's documentary Livin It: Unusual Suspects. In 2009, Phillips teamed up with singer/songwriter Vaughan Penn to form the duo "Chynna and Vaughan". The two released their debut album, One Reason, on September 22, 2009.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips had a drug and alcohol addiction in the late 1980s.[9]

She became a Christian in 2003.[10]

Phillips met actor William Baldwin of the acting Baldwin family in 1991 and has been married to him since 1995. The couple have three children: daughter Jameson (born 2000), son Vance (born 2002), and daughter Brooke (born 2004).[11]

In September 2009, Chynna's half-sister Mackenzie Phillips alleged in her memoirs that she and her father had a "consensual" ten-year incestuous relationship.[12] While both Genevieve Waite, John's wife at the time, and Michelle Phillips, John's second wife, told the media that they did not believe her claims,[13] Chynna Phillips stated on the record that she did believe Mackenzie was telling the truth.[14]

On Feb 12, 2010, her 42nd birthday, Chynna Phillips was treated for anxiety. In a statement made on February 27, her manager Lizzie Grubman said, "After successfully completing her in-patient treatment for anxiety, Chynna Phillips has happily returned home[15] to celebrate her daughter's birthday with her family." Manager Lizzie Grubman claimed Phillips was "happy to be home with her family. She is in great spirits."[16]


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1975Little Boy Blue
1987Some Kind of WonderfulMia
1988The Invisible KidCindy Moore
Caddyshack IIMary Frances "Miffy" Young
1989Say Anything...Mimi
1988Moving TargetMegan LawrenceTelevision movie
Goodbye, Miss July 4AlmaTelevision movie
1989The ComebackJessicaTelevision movie
Traveling ManMona VoightTelevision movie
Roxanne: The Prize PulitzerRoxanne PulitzerTelevision movie
1995Bye Bye BirdieKim MacAfeeTelevision movie
2004–2007Danny PhantomKitty3 episodes

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Chynna Phillip's partner was Tony Dovolani.

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1Viennese Waltz/"If I Ain't Got You"877Safe
2Jive/"The Boy Does Nothing"777Safe
3Rumba/"Hold On"899Safe
4Tango/"Theme From Mission: Impossible"777Eliminated



1995Naked and Sacred


YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
1995"Naked and Sacred"1562Naked and Sacred
1996"I Live for You"9
"Remember Me"
"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me"


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  2. ^ Jerome, Jim (May 20, 1991). "Getting It All Together". People. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  3. ^ a b Lynch, Jason (May 31, 2004). "California Girl". People. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  4. ^ Goodman, Fred (November 27, 1992). "Wilson Phillips: The Crash". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Inside the Wilson Phillips' Painful Split". June 24, 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-08. [dead link]
  6. ^ Gardner, Elysa (June 17, 2004). "Wilson Phillips: 'California' dreaming". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  7. ^ Chiu, Alexis (October 15, 2007). "The Baldwin Bunch – Dirty Sexy Money, Alec Baldwin, Billy Baldwin, Chynna Phillips, Daniel Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin". People. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Radio Industry News, New Music, Music Promotion, Radio Station Song Charts |". September 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  9. ^ Silberman, Lindsay (October 10, 2011). "Dancing’s Chynna Phillips: I Had a Lot of Abandonment Issues and Turned to Drugs and Alcohol". TV Guide. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chynna Phillips « Secrets of Success". Retrieved 2010-09-29. [dead link]
  11. ^ Rodriguez, Brenda; Silverman, Stephen M. (December 4, 2004). "Baby Girl for Chynna Phillips, Billy Baldwin". People. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  12. ^ "Mackenzie Phillips: I slept with my own father". People. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  13. ^ Eng, Joyce. "Mackenzie Phillips' Family Split Over Star's Incest Claims". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2009-09-24. [dead link]
  14. ^ Everett, Cristina (September 23, 2009). "Chynna Phillips recalls learning about sister Mackenzie Phillips' affair with father, John Phillips". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  15. ^ By K.C. Baker (February 27, 2010). "Chynna Phillips Returns Home from Rehab, People". People. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  16. ^ "Chynna Phillips Rehab Stint Ends – Home with Family". National Ledger. February 28, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Chynna Phillips – Australian top 50 chart history". Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  18. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2008: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". Retrieved June 21, 2010.

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