Chynna Phillips

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Chynna Phillips
Phillips performing with Wilson Phillips in 2013
Chynna Gilliam Phillips

(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 55)
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active1975–present
(m. 1995)
Musical career
Years active1989–present

Chynna Gilliam Phillips (born February 12, 1968)[1][2] is an American singer and actress, and a member of the vocal group Wilson Phillips. She is the daughter of the Mamas & the Papas band members John and Michelle Phillips and half-sister of Mackenzie and Bijou Phillips.

Early life and film work[edit]

Phillips began her career in acting. She appeared in films such as Some Kind of Wonderful, Caddyshack II, Say Anything and as the title character Roxanne Pulitzer in the 1989 television biographical film, Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer. In 1995, she appeared as Kim MacAfee in the television movie Bye Bye Birdie. Phillips voiced the character of Kitty along with her husband William Baldwin as Johnny 13 in Danny Phantom episodes "13" (2004), "Lucky in Love" (2005) and "Girl's Night Out"(2007).[citation needed]

Phillips was a contestant on the thirteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was two-time finalist Tony Dovolani.

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.[3][4] The group's second album, Shadows and Light, released in 1992, was a commercial disappointment, despite being certified platinum.[5]

In 1995, Phillips released her debut solo album, Naked and Sacred, but failed to recapture the success she found with Wilson Phillips.[4] In 2004, Wilson Phillips reunited to record their third album, California, which featured cover tunes from West Coast singers from the 1960s/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] Wilson Phillips released Christmas In Harmony in 2010 and Dedicated in 2012. As of 2020, they continue to play shows every year.[9]

In July 2016, Wilson Phillips reunited and performed on ABC's Greatest Hits.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips had a drug and alcohol addiction as a teenager.[11]

Phillips met actor William Baldwin of the acting Baldwin family in 1991 and has been married to him since 1995. Together, they have three children, daughters Jameson (born in 2000) and Brooke (born in 2004) and son Vance (born in 2001).[12]

In September 2009 Chynna's half-sister, Mackenzie Phillips, alleged in her memoirs that she [Mackenzie] and her father had a "consensual" ten-year incestuous relationship.[13] While both Geneviève Waïte (John's wife at the time, and mother of Bijou Phillips), and Michelle Phillips, John's second wife (mother of Chynna Phillips) told the media that they did not believe her claims, Chynna said she believed Mackenzie.[14]

On February 12, 2010, 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 to celebrate her daughter's birthday with her family."[15] Grubman said Phillips was "happy to be home with her family. She is in great spirits."[16]

Phillips is a born-again Christian.[17]



Year Film Role Notes
1975 Little Boy Blue
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Mia
1988 The Invisible Kid Cindy Moore
Caddyshack II Mary Frances "Miffy" Young
1989 Say Anything... Mimi
2011 Bridesmaids Herself


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Moving Target Megan Lawrence Television movie
Goodbye, Miss July 4 Alma Television movie
1989 The Comeback Jessica Television movie
Traveling Man Mona Voight Television movie
Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer Roxanne Pulitzer Television movie
1995 Bye Bye Birdie Kim MacAfee Television movie
2004–2007 Danny Phantom Kitty 3 episodes

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Chynna Phillip's partner was Tony Dovolani.

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz/"If I Ain't Got You" 8 7 7 Safe
2 Jive/"The Boy Does Nothing" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Rumba/"Hold On" 8 9 9 Safe
4 Tango/"Theme From Mission: Impossible" 7 7 7 Eliminated


Solo music. For her work in a group, see Wilson Phillips.


Title Details Peak chart positions
Naked and Sacred
  • Released: November 7, 1995
  • Label: EMI


Title Year Peak positions Certifications Album
"Naked and Sacred" 1995 15 62 Naked and Sacred
"I Live for You" 1996 9
"Remember Me"
"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me" 64


  1. ^ Helander, Brock (1999). The Rockin' '60s: The People Who Made the Music (2 ed.). Schirmer Books. p. 241. ISBN 9780028648736.
  2. ^ Phillips, John; Jerome, Jim (1986). Papa John: An Autobiography. Doubleday. p. 203. ISBN 9780385231206. Our daughter, Chynna Gilliam Phillips, was born on February 12, 1968—also my mother's birthday.
  3. ^ Jerome, Jim (May 20, 1991). "Getting It All Together". People. Archived from the original on October 3, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Lynch, Jason (May 31, 2004). "California Girl". People. Archived from the original on October 3, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
  5. ^ Goodman, Fred (November 27, 1992). "Wilson Phillips: The Crash". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
  6. ^ Gardner, Elysa (June 17, 2004). "Wilson Phillips: 'California' dreaming". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
  7. ^ Chiu, Alexis (October 15, 2007). "The Baldwin Bunch". People. Archived from the original on February 15, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  8. ^ "Radio Industry News, New Music, Music Promotion, Radio Station Song Charts". September 21, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Spanos, Brittany (February 27, 2020). "'Here Comes Hope!': The Winding 30-Year Journey of Wilson Phillips' 'Hold On'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 9, 2021.
  10. ^ "ABC". Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  11. ^ Silberman, Lindsay (October 10, 2011). "Dancing's Chynna Phillips: I Had a Lot of Abandonment Issues and Turned to Drugs and Alcohol". TV Guide. Archived from the original on August 17, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
  12. ^ Rodriguez, Brenda; Silverman, Stephen M. (December 4, 2004). "Baby Girl for Chynna Phillips, Billy Baldwin". People. Archived from the original on March 9, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2008.
  13. ^ "Mackenzie Phillips: I slept with my own father". People. September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
  14. ^ Everett, Cristina (September 23, 2009). "Chynna Phillips recalls learning about sister Mackenzie Phillips' affair with father, John Phillips". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on September 26, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2009.
  15. ^ K.C. Baker (February 27, 2010). "Chynna Phillips Returns Home from Rehab People". People. Archived from the original on April 20, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  16. ^ "Chynna Phillips Rehab Stint Ends - Home with Family". National Ledger. February 28, 2010. Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  17. ^ "Chynna Phillips Her Secret Struggle". People. March 8, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  19. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2008: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1996 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association.

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