Arlyn Phoenix
American activist
Arlyn Phoenix
Arlyn Sharon Phoenix, commonly known as Heart Phoenix, is the mother of actors River, Rain, Joaquin, Liberty, and Summer Phoenix. She is on the Board of Directors of The Peace Alliance, an organization which supports the creation of a United States Department of Peace. She and her family recently started the non-profit organization River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and she serves as the Board President.
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Remembering River Phoenix On The 20th Anniversary Of His Death
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Today (Oct. 31) we remember one of Hollywood's most promising talents, River Phoenix. The young star died from a drug-related heart failure outside the Viper Room 20 years ago. Phoenix rose to fame after 1986's "Stand By Me" and earned an Academy Award two years later for his role in "Running On Empty." He appeared in over 20 films and television projects throughout his career, though he said his first love was music. The actor remains a legend for his expressive range and continues to resonate with audiences. Below, we pay tribute to the star with a look back at 10 of his most memorable moments -- onscreen and off. 1. Jerry O'Connell, River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton, and Corey Feldman in a scene from the 1986 film "Stand By Me." 2. A special family photo of River with his younger brother Joaquin and mother Arlyn Phoenix walking in New York City. 3. Phoenix formed the band, Aleka's Attic, in 1987. Here, he's shown inside the recording studio (published in 1994). 4. The actor play ...
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OSCAR FILMS/ACTORS; In a Restless Family Of Talent and Tragedy, Another Star Is Born
NYTimes - almost 16 years
IT is one hour after Joaquin Phoenix is scheduled to arrive at The Algonquin hotel in Manhattan and there is no sign of him. The doormen are asked to be on the lookout while his handlers frantically try to track him down. This could mean trouble. After all, Mr. Phoenix has gotten almost as much buzz for his two bizarre appearances on late-night
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Death of River Phoenix Is Linked To Use of Cocaine and Morphine
NYTimes - over 23 years
The sudden death of the actor River Phoenix outside a Hollywood nightclub two weeks ago was caused by "acute multiple drug intoxication" involving lethal levels of cocaine and morphine, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said today. The office of the county sheriff said in a separate statement today that its investigation of the 23-year-old
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Death of River Phoenix Jolts the Movie Industry
NYTimes - over 23 years
The collapse and death of River Phoenix outside a Sunset Strip club early Sunday has stunned Hollywood, largely because the 23-year-old actor was one of the most gifted of his generation. Mr. Phoenix, a star of films like "My Own Private Idaho" and "Running on Empty," was a teen idol often described as so dedicated to healthy living that he would
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Arlyn Phoenix
  • 1997
    John and Arlyn divorced in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details She is now married to Jeffrey Weisberg.
  • 1977
    They returned to the U.S. in late 1977 and landed in Winter Park, Florida, where Arlyn gave birth to her youngest child, Summer.
    More Details Hide Details In order to mark their new beginning, they legally adopted the surname "Phoenix" (Arlyn later changed her name to "Heart" in 1988) and began to embrace veganism as their new diet and lifestyle. The parents took their five children and headed back to California, where Arlyn got a job as a executive secretary for NBC. She was able to hire an agent, Iris Burton, who eventually got all of her children acting work.
  • 1968
    Wanting to seek new horizons, she left New York in 1968 and headed west towards California.
    More Details Hide Details While hitch-hiking she met John Lee Bottom (born April 5, 1947), from Fontana, California. They travelled together along the west coast, picking fruit and vegetables along the way. Soon after their first son River was born in 1970, they joined the religious group, The Children of God, touring Mexico, Puerto Rico and South America as Christian missionaries for several years. Arlyn and John renamed themselves for a brief period, taking the Bible names Jochebed and Amram, respectively. They eventually grew disillusioned with the Children of God and left in 1977. Arlyn would later state that she and her husband were opposed to the cult's increasingly distorted rules, particularly the practice of Flirty Fishing.
  • 1944
    She was born Arlyn Sharon Dunetz in the Bronx, New York on December 31, 1944.
    More Details Hide Details Her grandparents were Jewish immigrants; her mother, Margaret's (née Lefkowitz) family was from Hungary, and her father Meyer's family was from Russia. She has two sisters, Rhoda and Merle (Sun). By the time Arlyn was born, the Dunetz family had become more 'culturally Jewish'; they celebrated Jewish holidays, but did not attend synagogue. Once out of school, she married a computer programmer, moved to Manhattan, and began working as a secretary. She eventually grew tired of this lifestyle:
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