1990 academy awards

River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton attending the 61st Acadmey Awards, 1989

“I love River’s family. They brought him up to believe he was a pure soul who had a message to deliver to the world. But in moving around all the time, changing schools, keeping to themselves, and distrusting America, they created this Utopian bubble so that River never socialized. He was never prepared for the world in which he’d have to deliver that message. All his life, River Phoenix believed he was on a divine mission. But he wasn’t the messiah. Just a very messed-up boy.” -Martha on River in Esquire Magazine, 1994