At his first and only Oscars, Best Supporting Actor nominee (for Running on Empty) River Phoenix, who died four years later, attends the show in 1989 with girlfriend Martha Plimpton.

At his first and only Oscars, Best Supporting Actor nominee (for Running on Empty) River Phoenix, who died four years later, attends the show in 1989 with girlfriend Martha Plimpton.

River Phoenix & Samantha Mathis. Samantha was RIver's girlfriedn and was with him at the Viper Room the night he died.

River Phoenix & Samantha Mathis. Samantha was RIver's girlfriedn and was with him at the Viper Room the night he died.

River Phoenix was one of the most promising actors of his generation. By playing the role of a male protitute, alongside Keanu Reeves, Phoenix risked his reputaion as a heartthrob among girls, but won the legion of fans of alternative films.  River Phoenix was accompanied by his brother Joaquin and girlfriend Samantha Mathis when he took a cocktail of drugs and suffered seizures outside the nightclub.  The body of River Phoenix was cremated and the ashes scattered at the family ranch in…

River Phoenix was one of the most promising actors of his generation. By playing the role of a male protitute, alongside Keanu Reeves, Phoenix risked his reputaion as a heartthrob among girls, but won the legion of fans of alternative films. River Phoenix was accompanied by his brother Joaquin and girlfriend Samantha Mathis when he took a cocktail of drugs and suffered seizures outside the nightclub. The body of River Phoenix was cremated and the ashes scattered at the family ranch in…

River Phoenix & Martha Plimpton--he made her go vegetarian by crying when she ate meat near him!

River Phoenix & Martha Plimpton--he made her go vegetarian by crying when she ate meat near him!

River Phoenix and girlfriend Martha Plimpton at the premiere of his movie Dogfight in 1991

River Phoenix and girlfriend Martha Plimpton at the premiere of his movie Dogfight in 1991

One of my favorite celebrity couples: River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton. Perfection.

One of my favorite celebrity couples: River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton. Perfection.

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In 1991, he made Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, with River Phoenix, and you can still feel his pride in it. “It’s a beautiful film,” he (Keanu Reeves) says. “And lonely. The way he ends up in the street. His shoes. A stranger picking him up.”

In 1991, he made Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho, with River Phoenix, and you can still feel his pride in it. “It’s a beautiful film,” he (Keanu Reeves) says. “And lonely. The way he ends up in the street. His shoes. A stranger picking him up.”

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