Mackenzie Phillips rose to fame as a child star in the 1973 film American Graffiti. Mackenzie hasn’t appeared on screen since her recurring role as female veteran therapist Pam Valentine in nine episodes of Netflix’s reboot of ‘One Day At A Time’ between 2017-2020. However, in a recent interview, the former child star has come out of the closet.

Appearing on “Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef” this week, “American Graffiti” star Mackenzie Phillips disclosed that she is bisexual. The revelation came after Yontef mentioned that Phillips had long been an icon for LGBTQ people.

Mackenzie said:

“I love that. And I also love that I throughout my life I have lived on both sides of the curtain. I’ve had boyfriends, I’ve had girlfriends, you know, throughout my life. I am neither one nor the other. I love our gay community.”


Mackenzie has served as the program director of the Breathe Life Healing Center in West Hollywood since 2016. “Breathe Life Healing Center is LGBT-owned and -operated,” Phillips said.

“One of our most attended tracks that we have here is a chem sex track, which is gay men with crystal meth and sex addiction issues because those are so entangled.”

Phillips last made headlines in 2009 when she revealed in her memoir High On Arrival that she had a 10-year incestuous affair with her late father, John Phillips. “Had I known the distress it would’ve caused everybody on such a visceral level, I would certainly have considered doing things slightly differently.” the addiction recovery advocate said of the resulting family rifts.

The Virginia native was married four times: to manager Jeff Sessler, guitarist Shane Fontayne, Michael Barakan, and The Who’s composer Keith Levenson. However,  Mackenzie considers her Fontayne’s son Shane to be “the love of my life,” and the two frequently bond by playing incredibly complicated board games all weekend long.

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