and has been nominated for 3 Tony Awards and deserves to be recognised in her own right for her accomplishments but it’s just that, well, if you loved River Phoenix, you can’t help but think of him when you see her.
Earlier this year I tagged along with Laura and Lorella for and I could hear the 15 year old me wondering why he wasn’t with someone prettier (don’t lie, you did too), and it was only after he died, reading about his memorial, and her comments after, that I appreciated who she would have been for him, and why he loved her so much.
for example, she did say she had put river behind her (as she had to do) but follows that up with the fact she will never forget him.
When my parents moved I found that issue again and re-read it with different perspective.I think Martha was so brave for saying what she did and when she did so soon after he was gone. He's become a metaphor for a fallen angel, a messiah. He was just a boy, a very good-hearted boy who was very f-cked-up and had no idea how to implement his good intentions. I think it's right that I'm angry about it, angry at the people who helped him stay sick, and angry at River." All her comments are so candid throughout the article, she is real and grounded and likeable and you will root for her. Because every time I get lost in River googling, all of a sudden it’s hours later. She ends with saying what a hard time it was for her and how 'the other day' she turned on the tv and 'i love you death' was on, 'and there he was' she says, and thats how she likes to remember him.Also, she takes part in an interview in the extra features of 'the thing called love' dvd- she talks about river with admiration and recounts some happy stories.She has been in more than 20 movies, both big and mainstream (The Goonies, Parenthood) and indie (I Shot Andy Warhol, Eye of God).
She's currently appearing as the trenchant, broken-hearted Brooke in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities at the Old Vic in London.
Martha tried desperately to get River to stop using.
And she was one of the few after his death to speak up against the enablers, to rage against the fact that his passing was so heartbreakingly unnecessary, to stop glamourising his story.
“I knew Phil, although we were not close friends by any means, and we had never worked together.
But any time there is someone who makes you proud of what you do and is instrumental in changing the way you and others see what you do, you have enormous respect and gratitude for that person.
Her range is vast: She’s excelled in classic stage roles and broad TV comedy.