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. She also is
the half-sibling of Mackenzie Phillips, Jeffrey Phillips and
Chynna Phillips. Her older brother is Tamerlane Phillips. The
name "Bijou", which is French for "jewel," was taken from the
song "My Petit Bijou" by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.
Bijou had a tumultuous childhood, and began modeling at an early age. She appeared on the cover of Interview when she was 13 and soon became the youngest Vogue cover model when she appeared on the Italian edition. By the age of 15 she was leading an adult life, living in her own apartment in Manhattan and subsisting on her modeling salary. During this time, Bijou Phillips became a "wild child" of the New York City party scene, frequenting nightclubs such as Limelight and Spy Bar. Bijou Phillips's half-sister, Mackenzie, was sometimes seen accompanying Bijou to various fashion shows, playing the role of surrogate parent.
At the age of 17, Bijou Phillips was granted a record deal with Almos Records and ended her modelling career; her debut album was titled I'd Rather Eat Glass, a sentiment that expressed her feelings about her former profession. Around the same time as the release of her album in 1999, she began acting in independent films. The following year, she posed nude for Playboy and appeared on the cover of the April, 2000 issue. As of 2005, Bijou continues to act while she records tracks for her second album.
In June 2004, Bijou assaulted Playboy Playmate Nicole Marie Lenz in a Los Angeles nightclub. The fight was broken up by actor Matthew Perry, who later testified on Lenz' behalf. Phillips pleaded no contest to the criminal charges and Lenz has filed a civil suit. Bijou Phillips has dated actor Elijah Wood, singer Sean Lennon, actor Leonardo Dicaprio, director Larry Clark, and actor Danny Masterson from That '70s Show.
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