Hidden Stories Capture How Insane The Groovy Era Was

CULTURE | May 20, 2023

Written by Sarah Norman

Warning, these photos will conjure chills and goosebumps from an intense feeling of nostalgia. 

Take a closer look, if you dare, because the stories behind these photographs will show a different side to the nostalgic past than you already know.

The too hot for TV photos that we've collected here each tell a story that will change the way you think about some of the biggest stars of the era. As you'll soon find out, more often the more wholesome someone's image was the darker their private life turned out to be.

The following stories and photos are for mature eyes only. They'll shock and titillate, and most of all they'll make you see the groovy era in a completely different light. Proceed with caution...

Mackenzie Phillips Had A 10-Year Intimate Relationship With Her Dad

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Mackenzie Phillips may have starred in American Graffiti and One Day At A Time, but her personal life was far from perfect. For most of her young life, this gifted actress was dealing with dark secrets. Not only was she shooting cocaine on a regular basis, but she was hiding a romantic relationship that could have destroyed her career.

On the night before her wedding to Jeff Sessler, Phillips alleges that she and her father - John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas - got so high that she blacked out. When she woke up the two were in the middle of drugged out intercourse. She says that neither of them spoke about the encounter for months. As mentally scarring as this moment was, Phillips says that the two carried on with their incestuous relationship while touring as the New Mamas and The Papas.

While speaking out the dark relationship with Larry King, Phillips said that her father didn't see a problem with their coupling because they were both adults. She explained:

My father lived in a world of his own creation, there’s a fine line between genius and insanity as we all know. He tried very hard to live a life of his choosing… I think that to him if sex happened between a father and a daughter and no one protested where’s the problem?

Phillips has never changed her story, but the rest of her family says that she's either misremembering the events or simply making them up, with half sister Bijou Phillips going so far as to say that Mackenzie ruined her relationship with their father through the allegations.

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