So, there I was — standing on the subway platform. One of the few times in life when I was not listening to my iPod. A woman is talking with a great deal of animation to a guy — they are next to me. We board the train. She looks so familiar. I find myself looking at her as if, “Hey, I know you.” — she looks at me.

We smile. She looks at me as if waiting for me to say “Hi” but I can’t decide if I know her.

Awkward moment. And, the it hits me! It’s Julie from “One Day At A Time” —- so, being so very suave and sophisticated, I can’t fight the urge to address her. And this is what was said:

“Oh wow! You’re Makenzie Phillips!”

“Yes, I am.”

I have nothing further to say. In fact, I can think of nothing better to do than to smile at her and feel really stupid for just having pointed out to her who she is. She looks quite uncomfortable. …but, then the worst thing happened —

A lone voice behind me asked, “Who is Makenzie Phillips?”

I hope she didn’t hear that. She was quite pretty. I believe she is here appearing as Mrs. Hanigan in ANNIE. Or, at least, I know she is here in ANNIE. Pretty sure she wouldn’t be the one in the red fright wig belting out “Tomorrow”


September 7, 2005. Uncategorized.


  1. joe replied:

    hahahahaha. thanks for the morning laugh. I’d recognize her, but wouldn’t have remember her name.

  2. Jon replied:

    I was watching some show on the E channel on the Mamas and the Papas and it said she was in some kid’s show on the Disney Channel. I would ask her to sign my ass….actually I wouldn’t, but it could have made a better story if you asked her 😛

  3. matt replied:

    I’m just so bad when it comes to meeting “famous” people. I never fail to say something stupid. The only time I escaped being an idiot around a celebrity was with Carly Simon — I had my then “boyfriend” coaching me. LOL! I followed his instructions, shook her hand and told her it was very nice to meet her.

    …then he made me leave. LOL!

  4. Underling replied:

    Awesome! I think I would’ve just fallen down into a hole somewhere. I just love her.

    This gave me and my co-worker Lisa quite a laught this morning, so thanks!

  5. snarl71 replied:

    Mattie? Haven’t you learend your lesson? You are to NEVER address celebrities.

    WOW – I love it when celebrities take public transit. Down to earth.

  6. Miss Marisol replied:

    That’s so funny…I have done the same thing to actors. Only, I just start talking like we’re friends and then I realize…we’re not friends…you’re famous.

    And then I get quiet.

    I’m sure even if Mackenzie Philips heard that idiot on the subway that she’s aware that she’s not Gwyneth Paltrow. And, I hope she’s fine with that.

  7. digitic replied:

    Wow … Mackenzie Phillips … thought she was dead …

    Phillips burst onto the acting scene at the age of 12 playing “Carol,” the hitchhiker in George Lucas’ American Graffiti. While the film went on to become one of the most successful films in cinematic history, it also made Phillips an instant star.

    Perhaps best known for her role as “Julie Cooper” on One Day at A Time, Phillips was just 15 years old when she began her seven-year stint on the popular CBS sitcom in 1975. She most recently finished filming the feature film The Jacket opposite Adrien Brody and Kiera Knightley, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. She also starred as “Molly Phillips” on the Disney Channel series So Weird for the 1998-2000 seasons, as well as in the Disney movie, Double Teamed.

    Born into a legendary musical family, Phillips is also a talented singer and songwriter. Her father, John Phillips, was the founder of the ’60’s vocal group, The Mamas and The Papas.


    Then again … Mackenzie Phillips or Gwyneth Paltrow or anyone else (okay, maybe not Barry Manilow or George Michael) could be standing in front of me and I wouldn’t recognize them.

    You have an amazing aptitude for celebrity recognition!

  8. laurenbove replied:

    That’s great Matt! I’m so glad you shared it with me. The part about the lone voice asking “Who is Makenzie Phillips?” crackes me up!

  9. Karyn replied:

    That’s cool. Karl, shut up, Matt can talk to celebrities if he wants to! Thpppffft! Chris swears he saw Daryl Hannah in the Mall a few years ago and this past weekend I’d have bet my life Billy Joel passed me in a Lexus SUV. Ah well. If everyone gets a minimum of 15 minutes fame, then we’re all going to run into the celebs at some point or other.

    Now why can’t I run into George Clooney?

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