Summer Phoenix

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Summer Phoenix
Born Summer Joy Bottom
(1978-12-10) December 10, 1978 (age 43)
Winter Park, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model and designer
Years active 1984–2004 (actress)
Spouse(s) Casey Affleck (2006–present)
Children 2
Parent(s) Arlyn Phoenix
John Lee Bottom
Relatives Joaquin Phoenix (brother)
River Phoenix (brother)
Rain Phoenix (sister)
Liberty Phoenix (sister)
Ben Affleck (brother-in-law)

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

Early life

Phoenix was raised in Southern California, but spent her teen years in Central Florida, where she was born.[1] Her mother, Arlyn Sharon (née Dunetz), was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jewish parents from Hungary and Russia.[2][3][4][5] Her father, John Lee Bottom, was a lapsed Catholic from Fontana, California.[2] 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.


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 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

Phoenix is a vegan.[6] She is an avid supporter of several environmental and animal rights causes and charities, including PETA.[citation needed]

She became engaged to Casey Affleck on December 25, 2003, and gave birth to a son, Indiana August, on May 31, 2004, in Amsterdam.[7] Phoenix and Affleck married on June 3, 2006 in Savannah, Georgia,[8] and had a second son, Atticus,[9][10] on January 12, 2008.[11]

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.[12]


Year Film Role Notes
1984 Airwolf Little Girl 1 episode; 'Flight #093 Is Missing'
1984 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'
1987 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
1997 ER Petra 1 episode; 'Ambush'
1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Bartender#2/Girl at the Beach
1998 Girl Rebecca Fernhurst
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Candy, Stoned Girl's Friend Scenes deleted
1998 SLC Punk! Brandy
1998 The Faculty F'%# You Girl
2000 Committed Meg
2000 Esther Kahn Esther Kahn
2000 Dinner Rush Marti Wellington
2001 The Believer Carla Moebius
2002 Wasted Samantha TV movie
2002 The Laramie Project Osnat 'Ossi' Wolf
2004 Suzie Gold Suzie Gold


  1. Summer Phoenix - Biography - IMDb
  2. 2.0 2.1
  3. Summer Phoenix : articles (part 1)
  4. - 'Walk the Line' Star Won't Campaign for Oscar - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment
  5. Ten American showbiz celebrities of Russian descent - Pravda.Ru
  6. Summer Phoenix: Coping with Hollywood | Film | The Observer
  7. Garratt, Sheryl (May 30, 2008). "Casey Affleck's time to shine". The Telegraph. Retrieved August 18, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Casey Affleck, Summer Phoenix Wed". June 5, 2006. Retrieved August 18, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Jones, Alison (June 5, 2008). "Affleck brothers strike gold on the silver screen". The Birmingham Post. Retrieved August 18, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Update: Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix welcome second son, Atticus". June 6, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Casey Affleck Welcomes a Second Child ]". January 15, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Some Odd Rubies

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