Fast Facts

  • Cowrote some of the Mamas and the Papas most popular songs, including "California Dreamin'."
  • Made her feature-film debut in Dennis Hopper's experimental The Last Movie (1970).   
  • Authored the 1986 biography California Dreamin': The True Story of the Mamas and the Papas, released only weeks after former husband John Phillips' autobiography Papa John. 
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, along with Mamas and the Papas band members Cass Elliot, Denny Doherty and John Phillips.


  • 1966, Grammy — Best Contemporary (R&R) Group Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental: Winner
  • 1974, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee


  • Chynna Phillips — Daughter
  • John Phillips — Ex-husband
  • Austin Hines — Son
  • Aron Wilson — Son
  • Jack Nicholson — Ex-significant Other
  • Gardner Burnett Gilliam — Father
  • Warren Beatty — Ex-significant Other
  • Denny Doherty — Ex-significant Other
  • David Giler — Ex-significant Other
  • Grainger Hines — Ex-husband
  • Dennis Hopper — Ex-husband
  • Robert Burch — Ex-husband
  • Steven Zax — Husband
  • Joyce Leon Gilliam — Mother


  • Birth Name: Holly Michelle Gilliam
  • Birth Place: Long Beach, CA
  • Birthday: June 4, 1944, Gemini
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor

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