Michelle Phillips
Michelle Phillips
Celebrated Name: Michelle Phillips
Real Name/Full Name: Holly Michelle Gilliam
Gender: Female
Age: 79 years old
Birth Date: 4 June 1944
Birth Place: Long Beach, California, U.S.
Nationality: American
Height: 1.70 M
Weight: 65 Kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single
Husband: John Phillips (m, 1962; div, 1969), Dennis Hopper (m, 1970; div, 1970), Robert Burch (m, 1978; div, 1979)
Children: Austin Deveraux Hines, Aron Wilson, and Chynna Phillips
Dating: Grainger Hines (1982–unknown)

Steven Zax (1999—d. 2017))

Is Michelle Phillips Lesbian?: No
Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actress, and Model
Net Worth in 2024: $12 Million
Last Updated: February 2024

Michelle Phillips is a popular American singer, songwriter, actress, and former model. She rose to prominence with her work as a vocalist, as a part of the folk-rock musical group “The Mamas and the Papas.” She is an actress as well, and her work in the 1973 crime biopic “Dillinger” even landed her the nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.  She has also appeared in several films such as “Savage Harvest” (1981), “Let It Ride” (1989), and the “Scissors” (1991).

Maybe you know about Michelle Phillips very well, but do you know how old and tall is she and what is her net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Michelle Phillip’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Michelle Phillips, whose real name is Holly Michelle Gilliam, was born on the 4th of June 1944 in Long Beach, California, U.S.  She was born to parents, Joyce Leone (formerly, Poole; November 2, 1920 – January 18, 1950) and Gardner Burnett Gilliam (July 18, 1914 – March 22, 1996).

By profession, her mother was an accountant while her father was a merchant mariner. She had an elder sister as well, Russell Ann (April 17, 1943 – December 10, 2018). Her mother died of brain hemorrhage when Michelle was just five years old. After her mother’s death, her father settled in Mexico, where he used to study sociology at Mexico City College.

When it comes to her education, she had attended public schools in Mexico and, as a result, became fluent in Spanish. When Michelle was 13 years old, her family moved to Los Angeles. There, she became friends with future American actress Sue Lyon and attended several high schools, including g Alexander Hamilton High School, and Marshall High School.

During her time in Marshall High School, she started playing piano, guitar, and cello and skipping classes as well as forging absence permission slips for which she was expelled. She then joined Eagle Rock High School. At the age of 17, in 1961, she relocated to San Francisco to live with her friend, Tamar Hodel. She then started modeling and even appeared in advertisements for Lucky Lager and Cole brand bathing suits.

Personal Life

Michelle Phillips married popular American singer John Phillips on 31st of December 1962, who she originally met at a club in San Francisco. Together, they have a daughter, Chynna Phillips, who was born in February of 1968. They would get divorced a year later.  Michelle Phillips then married popular American actor Dennis Hopper in 1970, but the marriage only lasted for eight days. She then married radio executive Robert Burch in 1978, but the marriage only lasted for a year, and they got divorced in 1979.

Besides, she had also dated popular actor Grainger Hines in 1982. Together, they have a son Austin Deveraux Hines, who was born in April of the same year. She has also adopted a boy, Aron Wilson in the late 1980’s making him Austin’s brother.

In 1999, she started Steven Zax in 1999. They stayed in a relationship until Steve died in 2017. Also, she has protested the Iraq War in 2007 and criticized then American president, George W. Bush. In the following year, she showed her support for the legalization of marijuana as well.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 4 June 1944, Michelle Phillips is 79 years old as of 20th February 2024. Her height is 1.70 M tall, and her weight is 65 Kg.


Michelle Phillips’s career began with the formation of the American folk-rock vocal group “The Mamas and the Papas” in 1965. The group comprised of John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, and Denny Doherty, and Cass Elliot. She has also co-written some of the band’s greatest hits, including “California Dreamin’,” which is a part of their debut album “If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears” (1966). Their second album, which was also released in 1966, was titled “The Mamas and the Papas.”

During this time, Michelle had an affair with popular American singer, Gene Clark and in the previous year, she had dated bandmate, Denny Doherty. John had previously forgiven Denny, but this time, he was determined to fire his wife.  Therefore, she received a letter on the 28th of June 1966, letting her know that she has been expelled from the group.

They replaced her with singer Jill Gibson for a short time, but she was reinstated on 23rd of August 1966. With her return, the band went on to perform in a series of shows in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, and more. Their third and fourth album was “The Mamas & The Papas Deliver” (1967) and “The Papas & The Mamas” (1968), respectively. The group disbanded in 1971 before the release of their final album “People Like Us,” which was mainly done to fulfill contractual obligations with the record label.

She then enrolled in acting classes in Los Angeles, where she studied acting with popular American actress Peggy Feury. Her first role came in the 1971 drama film “The Last Movie.” Her next role was in the thriller film “Dillinger” (1973), where she appeared in a leading role, and her performance was critically appreciated. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance.

She was also featured in the 1974 action-horror TV film “The California Kid.” In 1977 she released her first and only solo album, “Victim of Romance.” She then appeared in several projects such as the movies “The Man with Bogart’s Face” (1980), “American Anthem” (1986), and TV miniseries “Aspen” (1977) and “The French Atlantic Affair” (1979).

She wrote an autobiography in 1986 titled “California Dreamin’: The True Story of the Mamas and the Papas.” In 1987, she landed the role of Anne Matheson Sumner on the TV soap opera “Knots Landing.” She became a series regular in 1989, and she continued to appear until the series conclusion in 1993. In 1987 she sang backup vocals on Belinda Carlisle’s studio album Heaven on Earth, as well as its number one hit single, “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”

She has also starred in the short-lived drama series “Second Chances” (1993-94). Since then, she has appeared in several TV series such as “The Magnificent Seven” and  “Beverly Hills, 90210” and movies such as “Jane White Is Sick & Twisted” (2002), “Harry + Max” (2004), and “Harold” (2006). She has also played a minor role in the 2009 Norwegian historical film “Betrayal.”

Awards & Achievements

Here is a list covering some of the Awards and Achievements earned by Michelle Phillips:

  • She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1973 in the category of Most Promising Newcomer – Female for her role in the movie “Dillinger.”
  • She was the winner of the Spirit of the Independent Award in 2006 for her role in the documentary “And the Sea Took Us” at Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival.
  • She was the winner of the Soap Opera Digest Award in 1991 in the category of Outstanding Villainess: Prime Time for her role in the TV series “Knots Landing” (1979).

Net Worth & Salary of Michelle Phillips in 2024

Michelle Phillips Net Worth
Michelle Phillips Net Worth

As of February 2024, Michelle Phillips has gathered a net worth of $12 Million. She has gathered most of her earnings from her singing and her acting career. She had great success as a member of the American folk-rock musical group “The Mamas and the Papas.” She then transitioned into acting, and her performance in the 1973 thriller movie “Dillinger” even got her nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She has also appeared in several other movies and TV series such as “The Man with Bogart’s Face” (1980), “American Anthem” (1986), “The Magnificent Seven” and  “Beverly Hills, 90210”.

Michelle Phillips was a great singer and was incredibly charismatic, to say the least. Her talent wasn’t limited to singing as she was a great actress as well, which is quite visible from her performance in different movies and TV series she performed in. Here’s wishing her the best of luck for all her future endeavors and hope she is entertaining us like she always has.



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