48 year-old actress Mackenzie Phillips, best known for her role on the sitcom One Day A Time over 20 years ago, was busted on possession of cocaine and heroin at LAX today. She was taken into custody after security found the drugs in her carry on luggage. There is no confirmation yet that the packets actually contained drugs, but it sure sounds like from their description:
Mackenzie Phillips has been busted at LAX for allegedly possessing heroin and cocaine. She’s in custody right now.
At 10:00 AM, officers responded to Terminal 4, where 48-year-old Phillips was being screened by TSA. During the screening process, some baggies and balloons believed to contain heroin and cocaine were recovered.
The former “One Day at a Time” star has had a long history of drug abuse.
Phillips is the daughter of The Mamas and the Papas lead singer, John Phillips, and was exposed to drug use at an early age. According to NNDB, she was fired from One Day at a Time on two separate occasions after she was late to work and so drunk or stoned she couldn’t function. The first suspension was for a season in 1980. They welcomed her back in 1981 once she got clean, but she fell off the wagon and once again lost her job a couple years later.
Mackenzie has got to be in a bad place if she’s bringing drugs in her hand luggage. Maybe this arrest will be the motivation she needs to clean up. She’s been in rehab a few times and nothing really worked long term for her. At 48, she’s looking at an early death if she keeps using.
Mackenzie Phillips is shown at the TV Land Awards on 4/14/07. Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN