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Summer Phoenix (born Summer Joy Bottom; December 10, 1978) is an American actress and model. She is the youngest sibling of the late River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix, and is married to actor Casey Affleck.

Early lifeEdit

Summer Phoenix was born in Winter Park, Florida. Her mother, Arlyn Sharon (née Dunetz), was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jewish parents from Hungary and Russia.[1][2][3][4] Her father, John Lee Bottom, was a lapsed Catholic from Fontana, California.[1] In 1968, Phoenix's mother left her family and moved to California, meeting Phoenix's father while hitch-hiking. They married in 1969 and joined the religious cult the Children of God, working as missionaries and fruit pickers in South America. Phoenix has four siblings: two brothers, actors Joaquin (Leaf) and the late River, and two sisters, Rain and Liberty.

She attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, but left before graduating to pursue a career in film.


Summer was a child actor, working with agent Iris Burton along with her brothers and sister at the age of two, and went on to have guest roles in Murder She Wrote, Growing Pains and Airwolf. She appeared in the TV movie Kate's Secret and in Russkies, playing the younger sister of real life brother Joaquin. Phoenix later appeared in Wasted, The Laramie Project, SLC Punk!, Dinner Rush, The Believer, and The Faculty. She played leads in Esther Kahn (2000) and Suzie Gold (2004).

In 2002, Phoenix starred in a three-month run of This is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre alongside Matt Damon and Casey Affleck.

She was a member of the rock band The Causey Way with her sister Rain. She also makes guest appearances on the Papercranes albums, Rain's band.

Personal lifeEdit

Summer Phoenix is a vegan and she is an avid supporter of several environmental and animal rights causes and charities, including PETA.

She became engaged to Casey Affleck on December 25, 2003, and gave birth to a son, Indiana August, on May 31, 2004, in Amsterdam. Phoenix and Affleck married on June 3, 2006 in Savannah, Georgia, and had a second son, Atticus,[5] on January 12, 2008.[6]

She now owns and runs the vintage clothing boutiques Some Odd Rubies, with stores in New York and Los Angeles, along with friends Odessa Whitmire and Ruby Canner.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
1984 Airwolf Little Girl 1 episode; 'Flight #093 Is Missing'
Murder, She Wrote Cindy Donovan 1 episode; 'We're Off to Kill the Wizard'
1986 Kate's Secret Becky Stark
1987 Growing Pains Jody 1 episode 'Big Brother's Not Watching'
Russkies Candi
1988 ABC Weekend Special Lana 1 episode 'Runaway Ralph'
1989 The New Leave It to Beaver Bettie Haskell 1 episode; 'Still the New Leave It to Beaver'
1990 Swamp Thing Lilly 1 episode; 'New acquaintance'
1997 Arresting Gena Jane Freeman US title: Made in France
ER Petra 1 episode; 'Ambush'
1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Bartender#2/Girl at the Beach
Girl Rebecca Fernhurst
Can't Hardly Wait Candy, Stoned Girl's Friend Scenes deleted
SLC Punk! Brandy
The Faculty F'%# You Girl
2000 Committed Meg
Esther Kahn Esther Kahn
Dinner Rush Marti Wellington
2001 The Believer Carla Moebius
2002 Wasted Samantha TV movie
The Laramie Project Osnat 'Ossi' Wolf
2004 Suzie Gold Suzie Gold


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