30 Vintage Candid Photos of Rockstars Living in Laurel Canyon

By Sarah Norman | May 30, 2023

Mama Cass Never Cleaned Her House

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The Mamas & The Papas in 1967. Source: Wikimedia Commons

This may not come as a surprise to anyone who believes that Mama Cass died from an overdose of a ham sandwich (that's a myth -- it was actually heart failure), but according to her Mamas and Papas bandmate Michelle Phillips, Cass kept her house downright filthy. Phillips described the very gross scene to Vanity Fair in 2015: 

She never cleaned, never tidied up, never did the dishes, never made her bed. I remember going to her house in Stanley Hills before she moved to Woodrow Wilson. I got to her house and she wasn’t home, so I decided to jimmy the window and get in. You know those huge, giant, industrial-size jars of mayonnaise? She had dropped one on the floor and just left it there. I cleaned up her entire kitchen, her entire house; it took me, like, three and a half hours. I just kept cleaning until it was spotless. Then I walked out the door, closed it, and never said a word to her.

Success ruined Laurel Canyon

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Michelle Phillips from the Mamas & the Papas explained that success made her feel like she should leave Laurel Canyon, which may have been a mistake. She said:

John [Phillips] and I left Laurel Canyon and moved to Bel Air, three Rolls Royces in the garage. We were hippies, but we were rich hippies, there was no question about that. We’d been so innovative, but we had become the establishment.’