Birth name: Bijou Lilly Phillips
Date of birth: 1 April 1980
Place of birth: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Nickname: Bij, B
Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)
Famous Quote: “Music is real, it’s something you can touch and feel. It moves you, the bass literally shakes you and rocks you from the inside. Music makes your soul feel amazing while you’re performing it. It’s not air, it’s not wind, it’s not anything like that. It’s solid. It’s thick. Modeling it’s like summertime in New York. It was like, I wanted to go swimming in the ocean, but I was jumping up and down in a puddle.”
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Biography: Bijou Lily Phillips (born April 1, 1980) is an American actress, fashion model, and singer. Some of her larger film roles include Bully, Havoc, Hostel: Part II, and Tart. An oddly striking young woman with a somewhat squeaky voice from a tumultuous celebrity family with a host of infamous exploits checkering her own past, Bijou Phillips was name checked in many a gossip column long before making her acting debut. An actress and singer-songwriter with a frequently changing look most often topped with blonde close-cropped hair, Phillips got her start as a model, and counted among her credits a stint at age 13 in a controversial Calvin Klein advertising campaign. This daughter of The Mamas and the Papas founder John Phillips and South African model/actress/artist Genevieve Waite had an odd childhood, shifting from one drug-addled environment to another. By age 15, she was well-known among big city partygoers for her daring, attention-grabbing stunts and had a brief but much publicized affair with much-older rocker Evan Dando when only 16. Phillips had earned quite a reputation, and was known before long as the girl most likely to shock.
Bijou Phillips was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, and is the daughter of John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas and his then-wife Geneviève Waïte, a South African model. Her older brother is Tamerlane Phillips and her half-siblings are Mackenzie Phillips, Jeffrey Phillips, and Chynna Phillips. The name “Bijou”, which is French for “jewel,” was taken from the song “My Petite Bijou” by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. She was a child Equestrienne champion.
Phillips began modeling at the age of 13. Emancipated from her parents the following year, Phillips lived on her own in New York City. Phillips was the youngest model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue, and appeared in one of Calvin Klein’s more controversial ad campaigns. At fourteen, Phillips attended the Sierra Tucson rehab center in Arizona not because she was addicted to drugs, she claims, but to get out of trouble for running up a large credit card bill in her father’s name.
Philips was involved in a long-term relationship with rocker Sean Lennon, son of legendary singer-songwriter John Lennon of The Beatles. The four-year relationship ended when Lennon found out about an affair Philips had with Max LeRoy, his childhood best friend who lived down the hall in The Dakota apartment building in New York City. LeRoy’s family owned the famous Central Park restaurant Tavern on the Green. Before Lennon and LeRoy had a chance to mend their relationship, LeRoy died in a motorcycle accident. This loss and the love triangle between Philips, Lennon and LeRoy was the inspiration for much of Lennon’s 2006 album, Friendly Fire.
Phillips began modelling at an early age to escape boarding school. Besides Vogue, Phillips has also appeared on the cover of Stuff, Interview, Playboy, People, Detour, Nylon, Paper, 944, and Missbehave magazines. She has been on the catwalk of Jill Stuart and Heatherette.
Her debut album, released in 1999, was titled I’d Rather Eat Glass, a sentiment that expressed her feelings about her former profession. She toured with the Lilith Fair music festival in 1999. As of 2007, Phillips is working on a second album and has posted several demos on her MySpace page.
In 1999, Phillips had a brief cameo in the film Sugar Town, playing a girl wanting an autograph. That same year, Phillips appeared in Black and White as Charlie. In 1999 Phillips released her debut album “I’d Rather Eat Glass” and had her first onscreen role with a cameo in the Alison Anders/Kurt Voss music industry comedy “Sugar Town”. Now the performer had work of her own to address, and was clear in interviews that the wild life she had reveled in previously was behind her.
She next took a starring role in James Toback’s mostly ad-libbed 2000 feature “Black and White”, starring as Charlie, an Upper East Side rich girl who appropriates African-American hip-hop lifestyle along with her similarly privileged friends. The film’s daring opening scene featured her in an a menage-a-trois in Central Park with rapper Power and actress Kim Mutalova. Phillips was next seen as one of the “band aids”, a group of girls who followed rock musicians around on tour in “Almost Famous” (2000) and then turned up as a teenage prostitute who runs afoul of the title character in “Bully” (2001). In 2000, she played Estrella Starr in Almost Famous. 2001 saw Phillips get bigger parts, including a supporting role in Bully and starring roles in Tart and Fast Sofa.
Later film appearances include Octane, The Door in the Floor, Havoc, What We Do Is Secret, and Hostel: Part II (for which she was nominated for Scream Queen in the 2007 Scream Awards). Completed but not yet released is her starring role in Dark Streets, and she’s reported to be starring in a remake of the 1974 film, It’s Alive. She also has an uncredited cameo in the vampire comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, directed by Jordan Galland.Related People: