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The tragic real-life story of Mackenzie Phillips

the tragic real life story of mackenzie phillips

In 1981, Mackenzie Phillips and her father John Phillips had both gotten sober — although that sobriety wouldn’t last long for either. According to an interview with People, during the year she was fired from One Day at a Time, she had spent hundreds of thousands on drugs. Her father’s habit had grown far worse; he admitted to spending $1 million a year on heroin and cocaine for himself and Genevieve Waite, his third wife.

“I don’t know where it went, but $300,000 to $400,000 is gone, mostly for drugs,” she told the magazine. “I mean, half a million in cash is gone!”

By 2014, Mackenzie Phillips had been to rehab 11 times. As she told People, her final time came when she realized she had hit bottom — and the path that lay ahead did not have a happy ending. “I thought, How many more times does the universe have to knock on the door of my consciousness and say, ‘Hey Phillips, wake up?'” she said.

the tragic real life story of mackenzie phillips

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