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River Phoenix Girlfriend

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.”


“The only thing I have to show is how I live. The vegan thing is one of the main things. I’m a peaceful person; I think that’s manifested through how I live. I don’t start trouble. But time will tell.”


"I feel blessed to have worked with him and to have known him. He challenged me as an actress; he was always surprising and startlingly honest. He was an all too fleeting presence in my life, a beautiful young man who will always be in my heart." ~Samantha Mathis, River Phoenix's girlfriend and co-star in The Thing Called Life


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.