American actress Summer Joy Phoenix, née Bottom, was born on December 10th, 1978. She is the youngest of River Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix, all of whom are actors or actresses.
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Her Early Life
In Florida’s Winter Park, Summer Phoenix was born. Arlyn Sharon (née Dunetz), her mother, was born in New York to Jewish parents of Russian and Hungarian ancestry. Her father, John Lee Bottom, is of English, German, and French descent and was born in California. After meeting Phoenix’s father while traveling, Phoenix’s mother relocated to California in 1968. After getting married in 1969, they eventually joined the Children of God religious cult and began serving as missionaries in South America. Four siblings make up Phoenix’s family: two sisters, Rain and Liberty, and two brothers, actors Joaquin (Leaf) and River.
Although she attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, she left before receiving her degree to pursue a career in movies.
Summer Phoenix was a child actor who began working with agency Iris Burton when she was two years old, along with her siblings. She later appeared in Murder, She Wrote, Growing Pains, Swamp Thing, and Airwolf in supporting parts. She played the younger sister of real-life brother Joaquin in the television movies Kate’s Secret and Russkies. The Laramie Project, SLC Punk!, Dinner Rush, The Believer, and The Faculty all featured Phoenix later on. She portrayed the key roles in Suzie Gold (2000) and Esther Kahn (2004).
Alongside Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, Phoenix featured in a three-month run of This is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre in 2002.
She and her sister Rain were both members of the rock group The Causey Way. Later, she made cameo appearances on the Papercranes, Rain’s band.
On December 25, 2003, she engaged to Casey Affleck, and on May 31, 2004, in Amsterdam, she gave birth to a son named Indiana August. Phoenix and Affleck wed on June 3, 2006, in Savannah, Georgia, and on January 12, 2008, Atticus was born. Although it is known that Affleck and Phoenix actually split up in November 2015, they publicly announced their separation in March 2016. Phoenix filed for divorce on August 1st, 2017, citing “irreconcilable differences,” and it was finalized the same year in the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles.
In the Lower East Side of Manhattan, she co-founded the vintage clothes store Some Odd Rubies in 2003 with her friends Odessa Whitmire and Ruby Canner. 2012 saw its closure.
Who Is Casey Affleck?
Actor and director Casey Affleck-Boldt was born in America on August 12, 1975. In addition to the Academy Award, the British Academy Film Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Satellite Award, he has won numerous more honors. He debuted his acting career as a child actor in the 1988 PBS television movies Lemon Sky and The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990).
Later, he made cameos in To Die For (1995), Good Will Hunting (1997), and Gerry (2002), three films by Gus Van Sant, as well as the comedy-heist trilogy Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007), all directed by Steven Soderbergh (2007). In the independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim, starring Steve Buscemi, he played his first major role.
His Early Life
Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He is the younger brother of Ben Affleck, an actor, director, and screenwriter. When Casey was nine years old, their parents, Chris Boldt and Timothy Affleck divorced. Because of his friendship with a local casting director, Chris was able to secure the boy’s auditions and extra roles in movies.
However, Casey didn’t dedicate herself to performing until high school. He was urged to pursue that career route by his high school theatrical teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Affleck has claimed that if it weren’t for the motivational speaker, he would never have become an actor.
As a young child, Casey contributed to various regional ads. He participated in the 1980 miniseries “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” and the 1988 television film “Lemon Sky.” Casey later said that he didn’t place much importance on such jobs because he didn’t think about acting as a vocation until a few years later.
After graduating from high school, Casey appeared in “To Die For,” a 1995 Gus Van Sant film, in his debut acting job. Casey and actor Joaquin Phoenix struck into a close bond throughout the course of making this film. Casey said his experience performing in the drama “Race the Sun” in 1996 was unsatisfying.
“Good Will Hunting,” which Affleck’s brother Ben and childhood buddy Matt Damon co-wrote, was his subsequent motion picture. Though brief, Casey’s part was well received. Although the film was widely praised, Casey’s career wasn’t launched as dramatically as Ben’s was. After that, Casey played a supporting role in his brother’s 1997 film “Chasing Amy,” which also starred his sister.
Following the box office and critical successes of “Good Will Hunting” and “Chasing Amy,” Casey appeared in a succession of unsuccessful films. They featured “Soul Survivors,” “Desert Blue,” “200 Cigarettes,” “Drowning Mona,” and “Attention Shoppers.”
Following his supporting roles in “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” and “Ocean’s Thirteen,” Affleck’s career saw a boost. The movies were a big hit, and Casey received further praise from both audiences and critics.
In the independent 2006 film “Lonesome Jim,” which also starred Liv Tyler and was directed by Steve Buscemi, Casey had his first major acting role. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and “Gone, Baby, Gone,” the latter of which was directed by his brother Ben, were the two blockbusters that would give him his real break the following year. Although neither movie was a financial hit, they showcased Casey’s talents as an actor.
Critics praised Casey Affleck for his portrayal in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” with some calling it “a revelation.” For the iconic role, he received nominations for several prestigious prizes.
Even greater praise was shown for “Gone, Baby, Gone.” Affleck was praised by critics for his portrayal of a private detective tasked with locating a missing four-year-old daughter. Many people consider Casey Affleck to have excelled in this part more than any other, serving as his actual breakthrough performance.
The 2010 mockumentary “I’m Still Here,” featuring Affleck’s then-brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, served as the actor’s directorial debut. Phoenix’s odd public conduct and appearance caused a lot of public discussions while the movie was being made, but it was eventually discovered to be an extended, immersive performance. The reviews were nearly entirely unfavorable; they ranged from “boring” to “torturous to watch,” among other things.
After “I’m Still Here” received a bad response, Casey’s first role was in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” alongside Rooney Mara. He agreed to the position in part because he would be able to depict a “far better person” than the killers and assassins he had previously played. Reviews of his performance were mainly favorable.
In the 2013 movie “Out of the Furnace,” he costarred with Christian Bale. He gave a moving portrayal as a veteran of the Iraq War who is battling post-traumatic stress disorder. Affleck was once more praised for his depth and ferocity as an actor.
The portrayal of a damaged alcoholic in the 2016 film “Manchester by the Sea” was Casey Affleck’s most well-liked performance. Critics were ecstatic about his portrayal, and some even dubbed Affleck one of the greatest performers of his generation.
His Personal Life
In 1999, Casey started dating Summer Phoenix, Joaquin’s sister. 2004 saw their engagement, and 2006 saw their nuptials. Two sons, Indiana and Atticus, were born into the marriage. Affleck and Phoenix divorced in 2017. They had split up in 2015.
Like his brother Ben, Casey Affleck has battled alcoholism. He claimed to have been sober for almost three years in an interview in 2016.
Casey is a passionate supporter of animal rights. Affleck has collaborated with Farm Sanctuary and PETA as a vegan since 1995.