Mackenzie Phillips first gained fame in American Graffiti. What a classic that was! It had so many young stars. I loved that movie.
She then costarred on tv's One Day at a Time, which really launched her career. I had previously met Valerie Bertinelli and Richard Masur, two of her costars. Unfortunately, I will never get to meet Bonnie Franklin.
Like a lot of young stars, Phillips had a roller-coaster of a career and personal life. She seems to be doing well now.
I met Mackenzie at the recent Hollywood Celebrities Show. She was extremely nice. She was also very patient. The woman I asked to take out picture was having great difficulty with the camera. Phillips gently tried to gently guide her through the process (maybe we should have asked Debbie Gibson again...see older post). After a few minutes of fumbling, the woman finally was able to get the picture. I don't mind any such delays. It just means a bit more interaction with the celebrity.
Mackenzie Phillips and me in Rosemont, IL-September 2013.