At his first and only Oscars, Best Supporting Actor nominee (for Running on Empty) River Phoenix, who died four years later, attends the show in 1989 with girlfriend Martha Plimpton.

At his first and only Oscars, Best Supporting Actor nominee (for Running on Empty) River Phoenix, who died four years later, attends the show in 1989 with girlfriend Martha Plimpton.

"He was really in love with Martha. River used to talk about how wonderful she was and he'd get really torn up when he thought about other guys being with her." --Nick Richert, close confidant of River at the time

"He was really in love with Martha. River used to talk about how wonderful she was and he'd get really torn up when he thought about other guys being with her." --Nick Richert, close confidant of River at the time

Martha Plimpton...one of the most underrated actresses...who knew she had comedic chops?

Martha Plimpton...one of the most underrated actresses...who knew she had comedic chops?

Martha Plimpton - she's so stinkin' funny and I love her blonde, curly bob #bobbedhair

Martha Plimpton - she's so stinkin' funny and I love her blonde, curly bob #bobbedhair

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