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

Early life and film work

Phillips was born Gilliam Chynna Phillips in Los Angeles, California. 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 biopic 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

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. The group's second album, Shadows and Light, released in 1992, was a commercial failure despite being certified platinum. After the failure of that project, Phillips left the group, citing exhaustion.

In 1995, Phillips released her debut solo album, Naked and Sacred, but failed to recapture the success she found with Wilson Phillips.

She became a Christian in 2003. In the October 15, 2007 issue of People magazine, she was said to be writing songs for a Christian album. 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.

In 2004, Wilson Phillips reunited to record their third album California, which featured cover tunes from West Coast singers from the 1960s and '70s.

Personal life

Phillips met actor William Baldwin 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).

In September 2009, Chynna's half-sister Mackenzie Phillips alleged in her memoirs that she and her father had a "non-consensual" ten-year incestuous relationship. 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, Chynna Phillips stated on the record that she did believe Mackenzie was telling the truth.

Chynna Phillips was treated for anxiety on Feb. 12, 2010. 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 and close friends." Manager Lizzie Grubman claimed Phillips was "happy to be home with her family. She is in great spirits."

Filmography

Film

Year

Film

Role

Other 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

Television

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1988

Moving Target

Megan Lawrence

Television movie

Goodbye, Miss 4 July

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

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