‘One Day at a Time’: Are Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips Friends?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Actresses Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips have been co-stars on the 1970s hit comedy One Day At A Time. They virtually grew up collectively on the present.

Mackenzie Phillips, Bonnie Franklin, and Valerie Bertinelli of 'One Day At A Time'
Mackenzie Phillips, Bonnie Franklin, and Valerie Bertinelli of ‘One Day At A Time’ | CBS through Getty Images

When Phillips left the sequence in 1980 and the sitcom was cancelled in 1984, everybody went their separate methods. But have the 2 present sisters stored in contact and remained pals?

How lengthy did ‘One Day at a Time’ run?

The comedy sequence ran virtually ten years, from 1975 to 1984. Bertinelli was 15 and Phillips, 16, when the present premiered. By 1980, Phillips was admittedly having points with medicine and displaying up on set excessive. Finally, she was fired from the present, twice.

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The solid of ‘One Day At A Time’ 1977 | CBS Archive/Getty Images

Phillips, now a drug restoration counselor, has been having her comeback second within the new One Day At A Time reboot as recurring character Pam in addition to in Orange is the New Black. She spoke with The Seattle Times in 2018 about her resurgence as an actress and a task on the latter sequence that referred to as for her character, Barbara, to snort cocaine.

“People said, ‘Weren’t you triggered by snorting fake drugs?’ I was like, ‘No, I was absolutely filled with the deepest gratitude that I don’t live that way.’ It’s very bleak, and there’s nothing to look forward to but the next hit for Barb. So when she she’s not getting high, she starts focusing all that beautiful energy that you could focus on wellness or helping people on revenge and resentment. It’s pretty textbook that energy needs to be focused somewhere purposeful or you’re going to get high again.”

Mackenzie Phillips’ memoir and painful childhood

In her 2009 memoir, High On Arrival, Phillips made the stunning admission that she and her father, The Mamas and The Papas singer John Phillips, had had an incestuous relationship, starting when he sexually assaulted her at age 18 after a drug binge. After that, Phillips has stated their sexual relationship, lasting ten years, was consensual.

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Mackenzie Phillips and father John Phillips | Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection through Getty Images

She informed People in 2017, “I’ve come to understand that some in my family have chosen to hold on to the pain and anger they felt when I came out with the truth about my dad,” she says.

“I understand that they’re still caught in a textbook response of devaluing the victim and holding up the perpetrator.”

Are Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips pals?

The actresses have stored in contact through the years and Phillips has appeared on Bertinelli’s TV Land sitcom, Hot In Cleveland in 2015 and on her Food Network present, Valerie’s Home Cooking in 2016, as properly.

When Phillips made her admission about her relationship together with her father on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Bertinelli stunned her previous friend on the discuss present.

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Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli at 2007 TV Land Awards | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

“Oh, Val, I’m so happy you’re here,” Phillips stated. “I can’t thank you enough. You cannot imagine what this means to me.”

Bertinelli, for her half, was horrified to be taught of what her friend had lived by way of and wished she had been there to help her.

She informed Phillips, “I feel regret that I wasn’t there for you as much as I could have been. I was so wrapped up in my own life. So I wasn’t paying attention to [Mackenzie], my sister.”

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