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Phillips performing with Wilson Phillips in 2013
Chynna Gilliam Phillips

(1968-02-12) February 12, 1968 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active1975–present
William Baldwin (m. 1995)
Parent(s) John Phillips
Michelle Phillips
Family Bijou Phillips (half-sister)
Mackenzie Phillips (half-sister)
Musical career
Genres Pop
Years active1989–present
Associated acts Wilson Phillips

Chynna Gilliam Phillips (born February 12, 1968) 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 the half-sister of Mackenzie Phillips and Bijou Phillips.

Wilson Phillips American vocal group

Wilson Phillips is an American vocal group consisting of Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips, the daughters, respectively, of Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas.

John Phillips (musician) American musician

John Edmund Andrew Phillips was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and promoter of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Phillips was a member and leader of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas.

Michelle Phillips American singer, actress, songwriter

Michelle Phillips is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as a vocalist in the musical quartet The Mamas and the Papas in the mid-1960s. Phillips garnered critical acclaim for her voice, which was deemed by Time magazine as the "purest soprano in pop music." She later established a successful career as an actress in film and television in the 1970s. Phillips is the last living original member of the Mamas and the Papas.


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 . 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). [2]

<i>Some Kind of Wonderful</i> (film) 1987 film by Howard Deutch

Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romantic drama film directed by Howard Deutch and starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. It is one of several successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in the 1980s.

<i>Caddyshack II</i> 1988 film by Allan Arkush

Caddyshack II is a 1988 American sports comedy film and a sequel to Caddyshack. The film stars Jackie Mason, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Randy Quaid, Chevy Chase, Jonathan Silverman, and Jessica Lundy. It was written by various outside writers, but is credited to the first draft by Peter Torokvei and Harold Ramis, who also co-wrote and directed the first, and is directed by Allan Arkush. The film garnered a PG rating, in contrast to the original's R rating. The film was given scathing reviews by critics, but Kenny Loggins' "Nobody's Fool" was a chart success, hitting #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

<i>Say Anything...</i> 1989 film by Cameron Crowe

Say Anything ... is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. The film follows the romance between Lloyd Dobler, an average student, and Diane Court, the class valedictorian, immediately after their graduation from high school. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything ... as the greatest modern movie romance, and it was ranked number 11 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 best high-school movies.

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 higher average of scores compared with celebrities who lasted longer than she did in the competition.

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Tony Dovolani Ballroom dance champion and choreographer

Driton "Tony" Dovolani is an Albanian-American professional ballroom dancer, instructor and judge. He is known for his involvement in the American version of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. Dovolani also portrayed Slick Willy in the hit film Shall We Dance? and spent time coaching actress Jennifer Lopez.

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

Carnie Wilson American singer

Carnie Wilson is an American singer and television host, perhaps best known as a member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips.

Wendy Wilson American singer

Wendy Wilson is an American singer and television personality and member of the pop singing trio Wilson Phillips. She is the daughter of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson and his first wife Marilyn, who was a member of girl group The Honeys, and she is the younger sister of Carnie Wilson.

<i>Wilson Phillips</i> (album) 1990 studio album by Wilson Phillips

Wilson Phillips is the debut album by American vocal group Wilson Phillips, released in 1990. Five singles were released from the album, with "Hold On", "Release Me" and "You're in Love" all hitting number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. "Impulsive" reached number four, and the fifth single "The Dream Is Still Alive" reached the top 20. The album has sold 5 million copies in the United States and over 10 million worldwide.

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]

<i>Naked and Sacred</i> 1995 studio album by Chynna Phillips

Naked and Sacred is Chynna Phillips' debut solo album, released in November 1995 three years after her departure from the pop group Wilson Phillips. She was the only member of the group to remain on her label, EMI, after they went on an indefinite break in late 1992. It was released on November 7, 1995 in the U.S. and was a commercial failure, selling only 22,000 copies in the United States according to Chynna co-wrote 9 of the 11 tracks, featuring productions from Rick Nowels, Glen Ballard, and Desmond Child. According to Chynna, she was offered $1 million to record a solo album for EMI, and was dropped shortly after due to the album's disappointing sales.

<i>California</i> (Wilson Phillips album) 2004 studio album by Wilson Phillips

California is the third studio album and the first covers album by American female group Wilson Phillips. The group reunited in 2003 to record their first studio album in twelve years. The album peaked at #35 on the charts, and sold 31,000 copies during the first week of its release.

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. They continue to play shows every year.

Stephen Baldwin actor and producer from the United States

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Vaughan Penn is an American singer/songwriter from North Carolina who has had over 150 major television and film placements featuring 45 different songs on shows such as

In July 2016, Wilson Phillips reunited and performed on ABC's Greatest Hits . [9]

Personal life

Phillips had a drug and alcohol addiction as a teenager. [10]

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). [11]

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. [12] 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. [13]

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." [14] Grubman said Phillips was "happy to be home with her family. She is in great spirits." [15]

Chynna is a born-again Christian. [16]



1975Little 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


1988Moving TargetMegan LawrenceTelevision movie
Goodbye, Miss July 4 AlmaTelevision movie
1989The ComebackJessicaTelevision movie
Traveling Man Mona VoightTelevision movie
Roxanne: The Prize PulitzerRoxanne PulitzerTelevision movie
1995 Bye Bye Birdie Kim MacAfeeTelevision movie
2004–2007 Danny Phantom Kitty3 episodes

Dancing with the Stars performances

Chynna Phillip's partner was Tony Dovolani.

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
1 Viennese Waltz/"If I Ain't Got You"877Safe
2 Jive/"The Boy Does Nothing"777Safe
3 Rumba/"Hold On"899Safe
4 Tango/"Theme From Mission: Impossible"777Eliminated



1995 Naked and Sacred


YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
1995"Naked and Sacred"1562Naked and Sacred
1996"I Live for You"9
"Remember Me"
"Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me"64

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