New Look, New Outlook for Former Child Star Mackenzie Phillips

The ex-child star says her new look reflects happiness after a drug-fueled past.

March 16, 2010, 6:35 PM

March 17, 2010— -- After a life marked by addictions, arrests and the shocking allegation of an incestuous relationship with her father, former child star Mackenzie Phillips has unveiled a new look that she said reflects her desire to reinvent her life from the inside out.

Phillips' $50,000 makeover included Botox, Restylane and laser treatments to her face, as well as extensive dental work -- 36 hours' worth -- and hair extensions.

The former star of the sitcom "One Day at a Time" said the purpose of the makeover wasn't to erase the ravages of her past rock 'n' roll lifestyle but to demonstrate the inner peace she's achieved.

"I've no desire to erase anything," she told "Good Morning America." "I'm really happy."

That happiness has come after a lifetime in the harsh limelight.

Her drug addiction and arrests were no secret, but last year Phillips shocked the world when she wrote in her book "High on Arrival" that her father -- the legendary leader of the rock group the Mamas and the Papas -- raped her when she was 18.

Phillips disclosed the alleged incestuous relationship on the Oprah Winfrey show, and said when it happened she was passed out after a drug binge; she said she continued to have consensual sex with her father, John Phillips, for years.

But she no longer characterizes the relationship as consensual.

"I've learned from thousands of survivors across several continents … that there is no such thing as consensual incest, because of the inherent power.

"I do not believe he had malicious intent," she said of her father, who died in 2001. "I believe he was a man who was ravaged by drugs and alcohol."

Child Stars' Troubled Pasts

Phillips, 50, faced some criticism for making the incest claim against her father. She told "Good Morning America" that she won't remain silent on the issue anymore.

"OK, right now a child is being raped, so what should I do? Follow the path of sweep it under the carpet, don't talk about it? The more you challenge the conspiracy of silence, the less silence will be acceptable," she said.

Phillips grew up a teen idol, but her youth was anything but ideal.

She knows firsthand the pressures and temptations of child stardom.

Another child star, Corey Haim, died unexpectedly March 10, just weeks after Walter Koenig -- who starred in the '80s sitcom "Growing Pains" -- hanged himself in February in Vancouver.

The 38-year-old Haim had starred in the 1980s hit movie "The Lost Boys." His death is believed to be due to an accidental drug overdose, but an official ruling still hasn't been made.

Asked whether she believed child stars were cursed, Phillips said she didn't think so, but added: "There are a bunch of us who have had addiction problems."

She said addiction could affect anyone.

Phillips has sought help in rehab, and has appeared on the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Her public healing has resulted in a very painful side effect: She is now estranged from most of her family.

"My brother and sisters and my stepmothers, and all the people who have chosen to make me look like a liar or someone who's crazy publicly -- but we are eight or nine people. This is bigger than that. This is bigger than the Phillips family. Because incest is rampant," she said.

Chynna Phillips -- who recently spent a weekend in rehab to treat her anxiety -- is the only family member, according to Phillips, to have publically defended her story.

While she declined to elaborate on her half-sister's problems, Mackenzie said Chynna had been affected by "the public nature of this story."

"I would stop short of saying that this is why Chynna ended up in rehab for anxiety. I love Chynna. And I support her recovery as she supports mine," she said.

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