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(Maria: We didn't even know that until he died, but then we heard all about him.
(River Phoenix had recently started acting in some pretty bad movies.
He was born River Jude Bottom to Bronx-born Jewish mother Arlyn Sharon Dunetz and Irish-Spanish father John Lee Bottom, who married in 1969.
Together they spent several years touring the hippie communes of California, and in 1972 joined the Children of God, taking the Bible names Jochebed and Amram.
"The group was being distorted by a leader [David Berg] who was getting very full of power and wealthy", she explained. The crew discovered the family during the voyage but treated them kindly.
Shortly after their arrival in Florida in 1978, the family legally changed its name to Phoenix to commemorate their new lives.
At one such event, the Hernando Fiesta, they brought the audience to their feet singing "You Gotta be a Baby to Go to Heaven", a popular Children of God song of the era.
Arlyn and John eventually grew disillusioned with the Children of God and left in 1977.
Arlyn would later tell a journalist that she and her husband were opposed to the cult's practice of Flirty Fishing. Around this time Phoenix's family hit their lowest point financially and were forced to move into a beach hut until a local priest arranged for them to be stowed away on a Florida-bound freighter.
"But I didn't want those and different body parts that were in my face to make me perverse when I was older".
Phoenix frequently spoke positively of his childhood and non-traditional upbringing.