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Chynna Phillips

Chynna Phillips
Phillips performing with Wilson Phillips in 2013
Born Chynna Gilliam Phillips
(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) William Baldwin (m. 1995)
Children 3
Parent(s) John Phillips
Michelle Phillips
Family Bijou Phillips (half-sister)
Mackenzie Phillips (half-sister)
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts Wilson Phillips

Chynna Gilliam Phillips (born February 12, 1968) is an American singer and actress, better known for being a member of pop girl group Wilson Phillips. She is also 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 1
  • Music career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • Dancing with the Stars performances 5
  • Discography 6
    • Albums 6.1
    • Singles 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and film work

Phillips was born Chynna Gilliam Phillips in Los Angeles.[1] 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 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 with 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.[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.

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/70s.[5]

In the October 15, 2007, issue of People magazine, she was said to be writing songs for a Christian album.[6] 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.[7]

Personal life

Phillips had a drug and alcohol addiction in the late 1980s.[8] She became a Christian in 2003.

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.[9]

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.[10] While both Genevieve Waite (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 stated on the record that she did believe Mackenzie was telling the truth.[11]

On February 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[12] 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."[13]


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
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

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



Year Album
1995 Naked and Sacred


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


  1. ^ "California Birth Index, 1905–1995". Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  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. ^ Gardner, Elysa (June 17, 2004). "Wilson Phillips: 'California' dreaming". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Radio Industry News, New Music, Music Promotion, Radio Station Song Charts". September 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  8. ^ Silberman, Lindsay (October 10, 2011). "Dancing’s Chynna Phillips: I Had a Lot of Abandonment Issues and Turned to Drugs and Alcohol".  
  9. ^ Rodriguez, Brenda; Silverman, Stephen M. (December 4, 2004). "Baby Girl for Chynna Phillips, Billy Baldwin". People. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  10. ^ "Mackenzie Phillips: I slept with my own father".  
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ K.C. Baker (February 27, 2010). "Chynna Phillips Returns Home from Rehab, People". People. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  13. ^ "Chynna Phillips Rehab Stint Ends – Home with Family". National Ledger. February 28, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  14. ^ Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
    • Top 50 peaks: " > Discography Chynna Phillips". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
    • Top 100 peaks: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  15. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2008: Rodney P. – The Pussycat Dolls". Retrieved June 21, 2010.

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