Who Is Jodean Bottom? Everything About Late River Phoenix’s Sister

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Who Is Jodean Bottom? Everything About Late River Phoenix’s Sister
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Jodean Bottom is a half-sibling of these renowned stars; Joaquin Phoenix and River Phoenix. Even though Jodean’s siblings are always in the limelight, she herself doesn’t indulge in being in the media. Besides, Jodean Bottom doesn’t make her public appearance much like her other half-siblings.

In today’s episode, we are going to explore everything about Bottom’s life, including her eye disability, siblings, and more. Stay with us.

Profile Summary

Date of BirthFeb 29th, 1964
Age59 (as of 2023)
Parents John Lee Bottom (father) and Trinity (Mother)
Siblings Five Half-Siblings 
Nationality American 
Ethnicity Hispanic descent
Eye Color Brown 
Husband N/A
Children Daughter 
Net Worth $500,000

Jodean Bottom Early Life – Has Five Half-Siblings

Jodean Bottom was born on Feb 29th, 1964 in the United States of America to John Lee Bottom and Trinity. Her parents were in a relationship for a brief period of time as her father, John was a missionary. Jodean doesn’t have any biological siblings, however, she has five half-siblings from her father’s marriage to Arlyn Phoenix.

Jodean Bottom's father with her step-mother and half-siblings
Bottom’s father with her step-mother and half-siblings

Jodean is older than all her five half-siblings. She has two brothers, River Phoenix and Joaquin Phoenix, and three sisters, Rain Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix.

Besides, at the time of Jodean’s birth, her father moved to Canada fearing the Vietnam War. This is why the star sibling had little to no contact with her dad up until a few years after.

Jodean’s Half-Brother, River Phoenix Died of a Drug Overdose

River Phoenix passed away at the tender age of 23 following a drug overdose in 1993. The story surrounding Phoenix’s death remained secret from the media for a long time. Back in 2013, Bob Forrest, a good friend of River gave a detailed account of his death in his memoir, Running with Monsters.

Further, in 2018, River’s then-girlfriend, Samantha Mathis talked about the awful night. She remembered she along with her then-boyfriend, River and his siblings Joaquin and Rain walked into the LA club, Viper Room owned by actor Johnny Depp.

Late singer and actor, River Phoenix
Jodean Bottom’s half-brother, River Phoenix

She added she thought River was only there to drop off his siblings, however, when they arrived there, River told her:

“Oh, there are some people playing music tonight in the club who want me to play with them – that’s OK, right?”

Mathis added that she knew something was wrong; she didn’t see anyone doing drugs yet her boyfriend was high in a way that made her uncomfortable. And within an hour, Mathis said River was dead.

Jodean Bottom’s Siblings Adopted a Different Last Name

Even though Jodean’s all half-brothers and sisters were born with the last name Bottom as her, they eventually changed it to “Phoenix.” They picked their last name after the mythical bird that rises from its own ashes, symbolizing a new beginning although they haven’t revealed why they adopted this last name.

Is Jodean Bottom Married?

Well, Jodean Bottom has been living a private life despite her father and half-siblings being renowned personalities. Due to this, there is still ambiguity about her marital status. However, Jodean had a child, a daughter when her half-brother, River Phoenix found her.

Furthermore, it also stated that River supported both Jodean and her daughter when he was alive.

Her Half-Brother, Joaquin Phoenix is a Multiple Award-Winning Actor

Jodean’s brother, Joaquin Phoenix has won several accolades as an actor. The 47-year-old actor, producer, environmentalist, and animal rights activist has won some coveted awards like Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe Award. Meanwhile, in 2020, he was named on the list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century by The New York Times.

Joaquin was born Joaquin Rafael Bottom on October 28, 1974, in the Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was born as the third of five children of parents John Lee Bottom and Arlyn Phoenix (nee Dunetz).

Joaquin Phoenix
Jodean Bottom’s half-brother, Joaquin Phoenix won Oscar for Joker

Joaquin along with his older siblings, River Phoenix, and Rain Phoenix started performing at various talent contests as kids to support their family. He made his television debut in the CBS TV film, Kids Don’t Tell. Phoenix made his feature film debut in 1985 as Frankie in Kids Don’t Tell.

Phoenix is An Oscar Winner

Joaquin Phoenix won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Joker in 2020. He also won the Golden Globe Award for the role. Joaquin previously won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2007 for Walk the Line.

How Much Is Jodean Bottom’s Net Worth?

Needless to say, Jodean lives a beautiful and luxurious life. However, he has not revealed the exact sum of her fortune. That said, there are estimates that she easily has a few hundred thousand in fortune. On the other hand, her half-brother Joaquin has a net worth of $60 million as of 2023.

He has earned a major portion of his wealth from his work in both movies and TV shows.


Who is Jodean Bottom?

Jodean is the half-sister of Academy Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix.

What happened to Jodean Bottom Eye?

Several sources reported that Jodean Bottom lost her left eye in an accident.

Who is Jodean Bottom Mother?

Jodean’s mom is Trinity, the ex-girlfriend of John Lee.

Jodean Bottom Siblings?

She had five half-siblings – one of her half-brothers River died of a drug overdose.

Where is Jodean Bottom Now?

She currently resides with her daughter somewhere in the United States.