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Thursday, 24 September 2009

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MacKenzie Phillips taking a break from cleaning Zsa Zsa Gabor's pool (photo courtesy of the John Phillips collection).

BEVERLY HILLS - Actress MacKenzie Phillips has revealed in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that for ten years she was forced to work as a cleaning woman with her father's Hollywood housecleaning service The Mess Fixers.

MacKenzie star of the late 70s early 80s hit sit-com One Day At A Time said that due to her penchant for sausage pizza and the fact that Hollywood producers did not like her acting abilities she was forced to go to work for her dad.

The 49-year-old daughter of John Phillips, founder of The 60's folk band The Mamas and the Papas has written a book about her experience as a cleaning woman entitled Vacuuming Sucks.

In the book Macki, as her half sister Chynna calls her, details her ten year employment as literally an indentured servant who would dust, sweep, and mop alongside her father, who was most definitely a hands on employer.

Freckles as Fresca, one of her co-workers called her, says that she hated getting down on her hands and knees and scrubbing the dirty, filthy floors of the rich and famous.

She said that she especially hated cleaning Zsa Zsa Gabor's mansion because Gabor was hard to understand due to her ridiculously heavy Hungarian accent.

Another celebrity that Phillips said was hard to understand was Argentinian Fernando Lamas. She did say that Fern always gave here a very nice tip, albeit in pesos.

Macki said that on many occasions she would yell out in the middle of bending over and cleaning the bathtubs and commodes that she did not want to work as a domestic any longer.

But then her father would show her a photo of a sausage pizza and he would remind her that if she did not perform her maidly duties she would not get paid, and if she did not get paid, then she would not be able to indulge in her all-time favorite desire of eating sausage pizza.

Mackenzie said that in 1988, she became pregnant. And it was in her eighth month that she told her father that she did not want to continue with her housecleaning duties.

He agreed to give her two months maternity leave. She said she got on a bus and went down to Ensenada, Mexico where she changed her name to Margarita Puentes and soon got a job working as a cheese grater at a local Taco Campana (Taco Bell).

In a related story. Oprah Winfrey has agreed to buy the rights to MacKenzie's book and turn it into a motion picture. When Oprah asked MacKenzie who she would like to see play her up on the big screen. Phillips thought about it for a moment and answered, "Angelina Jolie or Kate Winslett, but for sure not Paris Hilton. I think Paris has some kind of family issues.

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