Summer Phoenix

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Summer Phoenix
Phoenix in 2011
Summer Joy Bottom

(1978-12-10) December 10, 1978 (age 43)
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
  • Actress
  • musician
Years active1984–2004;
Known forThe Believer
Swamp Thing
The Faculty
Esther Kahn
SLC Punk!
(m. 2006; div. 2017)
Parent(s)Arlyn Phoenix
John Lee Bottom
FamilyRiver Phoenix (brother)
Rain Phoenix (sister)
Joaquin Phoenix (brother)
Liberty Phoenix (sister)

Summer Joy Phoenix (née Bottom; born December 10, 1978)[1] is an American actress. She is the youngest sibling of actors/actresses River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix.

Early life[edit]

Phoenix was born in Winter Park, Florida.[1] Her mother, Arlyn Sharon (née Dunetz), was born in New York, to Jewish parents of Hungarian and Russian descent.[2][3][4][5][6] Her father, John Lee Bottom, was from California and has English, German, and French ancestry.[2] In 1968, Phoenix's mother moved to California, meeting Phoenix's father while hitchhiking. They married in 1969 and years later joined the religious cult the Children of God, working as missionaries in South America. Phoenix has four siblings: two brothers, actors Joaquin (Leaf) and 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.[1]


Phoenix 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, Swamp Thing, 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 later made guest appearances on albums by Rain's band, the Papercranes.

Personal life[edit]

Phoenix is a vegan.[7]

She became engaged to Casey Affleck on December 25, 2003, and gave birth to a son, Indiana August, on May 31, 2004, in Amsterdam.[8] Phoenix and Affleck married on June 3, 2006, in Savannah, Georgia[9] and had second son Atticus[10][11] on January 12, 2008.[12] In March 2016, Affleck and Phoenix publicly announced they were separating,[13] though it has been acknowledged that they separated in November 2015.[14] Phoenix filed a petition of divorce with the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles on August 1, 2017, citing "irreconcilable differences",[14] and it was finalized that year.[15]

In 2003, she and friends Odessa Whitmire and Ruby Canner opened the vintage clothing boutique Some Odd Rubies on Manhattan's Lower East Side.[16][17] It closed in 2012.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Russkies Candi
1997 Arresting Gena Jane Freeman
1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Bartender#2 / Girl at the Beach
Girl Rebecca Fernhurst
Can't Hardly Wait Candy 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 The Laramie Project Jen Malmskog
2004 Suzie Gold Suzie Gold
2016 Two for One Samantha
2017 Across My Land Short film
The Mad Whale Beatrice Price
The First Vesta Tilley
2018 Tiny Little Life Short film
2019 Skin Lucy Short film
TBA Mary Pickford: Love Wild Vesta Tilley (Post-production)
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Airwolf Little Girl Season 2 episode 9: "Flight #093 Is Missing"
Murder, She Wrote Cindy Donovan Season 1 episode 7: "We're Off to Kill the Wizard"
1986 Taking It Home Frannie TV movie
Kate's Secret Becky Stark TV movie
1987 Growing Pains Jody Season 3 episode 6: "Big Brother's Not Watching"
1988 ABC Weekend Special Lana Season 11 episode 3: "Runaway Ralph"
1989 The New Leave It to Beaver Bettie Haskell Season 4 episode 14: "Still the New Leave It to Beaver"
1990 Swamp Thing Lilly Season 1 episode 10: "New Acquaintance"
1997 ER Petra Season 4 episode 1: "Ambush"
2002 Wasted Samantha TV movie

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Summer Phoenix a.k.a. Summer Joy Phoenix". NNDB. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (April 11, 2002). "The Days of Summer". Jewish Journal. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Nicklaus, Olivier (May 23–29, 2000). "Summer Phoenix". Les Inrockuptibles. No. 244. Archived from the original on July 15, 2006. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Friedman, Roger (October 24, 2005). "'Walk the Line' Star Won't Campaign for Oscar". Fox News. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ten American showbiz celebrities of Russian descent". November 18, 2005.
  6. ^ Corner, Lena (July 9, 2011). "Rain Phoenix's unusual childhood". The Guardian. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Summer Phoenix: Coping with Hollywood | Film | The Observer
  8. ^ Garratt, Sheryl (May 30, 2008). "Casey Affleck's time to shine". The Telegraph. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Casey Affleck, Summer Phoenix Wed". June 5, 2006. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  10. ^ Jones, Alison (June 5, 2008). "Affleck brothers strike gold on the silver screen". The Birmingham Post. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "Update: Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix welcome second son, Atticus". June 6, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  12. ^ Rutter, Claire (August 1, 2017). "Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix make split official filing for divorce". Metro. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  13. ^ Agard, Chancellor (March 16, 2016). "Casey Affleck & Summer Phoenix Split: Inside Their 10-Year Marriage". People. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "Summer Phoenix files for divorce from husband Casey Affleck". USA Today. August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  15. ^ Fisher, Kendall (August 4, 2017). "Casey Affleck Finalizes Divorce From Summer Phoenix". E! Online. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "Store > Some Odd Rubies". New York. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  17. ^ "Some Odd Rubies". (official site). Archived from the original on April 23, 2015.
  18. ^ "Ludlow Street Boutique Shuffle". May 1, 2012. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015.

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