River Jude Phoenix born 44 years ago today; August 23rd 1970, in Metolius, Oregon. The first child of Arlyn Sharon Dunetz and John Lee Bottom.
Phoenix’s parents named him after the river of life from the Hermann Hesse novel Siddhartha, and he received his middle name from The Beatles' song “Hey Jude”.
"At the moment River is sitting on a low sofa in a softly coloured, airy Los Angeles hotel suite. If you didn’t know who he was, you wouldn’t think celebrity. He has the restlessly upbeat manner of a hyperactive optimist. Faced with things that upset him, you are liable to get a decidedly original response. Like the story of the Japanese businessman who wants to take his Van Gogh painting to the grave with him: "I think that should be kissed silly until he gives it up. That’s the best way to do it. Love conquers all, even the assholes who don’t want it." And on leaving his teens behind, he exclaims: "What a relief! One day you just wake up and feel your age."
- Girlfriend Magazine, April 1992.