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Arlyn Phoenix


Facts of Arlyn Phoenix

Full NameArlyn Phoenix
First NameArlyn
Last NamePhoenix
ProfessionCelebrity Mother
Birth CityNew York City
Birth CountryUnited States
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseJeffrey Weisberg
No Of Children5
Date of BirthDecember 31,1944
Age78 years
Married Date2001

Arlyn Phoenix full name Arlyn Sharon Dunetz is popularly known as being a mother of celebrity’s children late River Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix, Summer Phoenix and Rain Phoenix.

She is the co-founder of ‘River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding’ which is a non- profit organization that works for peacebuilding and global sustainability. 

She is the former executive secretary for NBC. 

Throwback picture of Arlyn Phoenix with her children.
Throwback picture of Arlyn Phoenix with her children. Source: Instagram
Arlyn Phoenix Young Picture
Arlyn Phoenix Young Picture Source: Instagram

Her married life and divorce

She has married twice. She got married for the first time to John Lee Bottom. The couple met for the first time in California. 

They got married on 13 September 1969. The couple was part of a religious group, ‘The Children of God’ for several years.

They traveled to different places to spread the word of that religious group. 

Later they found that the group was sex prevail group, and their elder son also suffered from that group. 

They left the group and returned to the United States with their four children. Afterward, they settled in Florida.

Their married life was going smoothly with their five children. All of a sudden, in 1997, they decided to separate from each other. 

They ended their 27 years long marriage in 1997.

Her Husband And Kids
Her Husband And Kids Source: Instagram

Her second marriage

She got married for the second time in 2001. Her husband's name is Jeffrey Weisberg. He is a producer

He is also executive director of ‘River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding.’

Her Second Married Life And Husband
Her Second Married Life And Husband Source: Gainesville Sun

They are spending blissful conjugal life together till date. 

Death of River Phoenix

Her eldest son was River Phoenix. River Phoenix's full name is River Jude Phoenix. He was an American actor and musician

He was born on 23 August 1970 in Madras, Oregon

He began acting at the very young age of 10. 

He has appeared in several movies and television series such as Stand by Me, Running in Empty, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Family Ties, and many more. 

On 30 October 1993, he was performing at a nightclub named ‘The Viper Room.’ 

His girlfriend, actress Samantha, his brother Joaquin and his sister Rain were together at that night club. 

He died on the same night outside the club around 1 am on 31 October 1993. He was 23 years old at that time. 

The cause for his death was excessive use of heroin and cocaine

He was at the peak of his career at the time of his death.

That day was a black day for the Phoenix family and his fans. 

Son's Death
Son's Death Source: Instagram

Her children

Her second child and first daughter's name is Rain Phoenix. She is an actress and singer

She was born on 21 November 1972 in Texas, United States. She began acting at a very young age. 

She has already released several music albums. Her notable films are  ‘Amazing Stories,’ ‘Low Down,’ ‘Forever,’ ‘Violet,’ among others. 

Her third child and second son is Joaquin Phoenix. He is an American actor and producer. He is known for his role as Joker in the psychological thriller film ‘Joker.’ He was born on 28 October 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

He began acting at the age of eight. He is a very successful actor and has won Oscar Award in 2020 in the category of Best Actor for his role as a joker. 

Her fourth child and second daughter are Liberty Phoenix. She is a former actress. She was born on 5 July 1976 in Caracas, Venezuela. 

She has appeared in movies like ‘Kate’s Secret,’ ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’, and many more. 

Her fifth child and youngest daughter is Summer Phoenix. She is an actress, model, and designer. She was born on 10 December 1978 in Winter Park Florida. 

She began acting at a very young age of two. She has appeared in several movies and television series so far, such as Dinner Rush, The Believer, Suzie Gold, and many more.

Her Children
Her Children Source: Instagram

Why did her son Joaquin decide to change his name?

To let you know, Joaquin at the age of four only took a decision to change his actual name. He thought of being more in touch with nature. 

So, it led him to call himself a Leaf. Well, this name has been credited in many of his movies too. 

Other than that, her son Joaquin also saw a traumatic death of a fish while going on a fishing trip when he was just three years old. This incident totally changed his lifestyle. 

Later on, while he became an adult, he then portrayed the role of a devout vegan and spokesperson for the PETA Association, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Moreover, he has been actively participating in several promotional videos too. He also decided not to wear clothes that are actually made up of animal skins. 

Well, Joaquin’s costumes in the movies should be vegan-friendly, as mentioned. 

Well, her son, for his work, was given an appreciation titled a Humanitarian Award, also including the work he had contributed to the documentary Nation Earth

He had provided his support to many charities and humanitarian organizations too. Some names of the organization are Amnesty International, The Art of Elysium, HEART, and also The Peace Alliance

Moreover, he portrays the role of a member of the Board of Directors to “The Lunchbox Fund”, which is basically a non-profit organization whose main motive is to provide daily meals to the students of township schools located in Soweto, South Africa

Other than that, Joaquin also shared many quotes from his experience in movies. He stated that every movie he had done till now had affected his life. 

When he portrays the character on screen, he feels more changed. 

Not only this, people came to complete shock when Joaquin decided to stop his career in acting back in the year 2008

He took the turn into hip hop and rap. Joaquin then gained a lot of weight and grew his hair and beard.

When coming on Late Show with David Letterman, he had to promote his latest movie, but Joaquin didn’t say a word about that movie. 

Net Worth

She has a hefty amount of net worth, and her salary is also in massive amounts. She manages to earn that sum of money from her several jobs. She worked as executive director for The Florida School of Traditional Midwifery.

Her husband also has a hefty amount of net worth but hasn’t revealed to date.

Her son Joaquin Phoenix has a net worth of 50 million dollars. Her daughter Rain Phoenix has a net worth of 5 million dollars.

Some of her late son notable films with their total budget and box office collection are shown below.

He appeared in the role of Chris Chambers in the famous movie ‘Stand by Me.’ The total budget and box office of that movie was 8 million dollars and 52.3 million respectively.

He played the role of Danny Pope in ‘Running on Empty’ which was released in 1988. That total movie budget was 7 million dollars and box office collection was 2.8 million dollars.

He played the role of Mikey Waters in the adventure drama film ‘My Own Private Idaho.’ The total budget and box office collection of that movie was 2.5 million dollars and 6.4 million dollars respectively.

Name of the MovieTotal BudgetTotal Box Office
Stand by Me8 million52.3 million
Running on Empty7 million2.8 million
My Own Private Idaho2.5 million6.4 million


  1. She was born on 31 December 1944 in New York City, United States.
  2. She is an American by nationality.
  3. Her parents were Margaret and Meyer Dunetz.
  4. She belongs to a Jewish family.
  5. She has more than eight grandchildren from her four children to date.

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