By Alexandra Jacobs
February 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Lost in Hollywood: The Fast Times and Short Life of River Phoenix

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LOST IN HOLLYWOOD: THE FAST TIMES AND SHORT LIFE OF RIVER PHOENIX John Glatt (Donald I. Fine, Inc., $23.95) Biographer Glatt says that Phoenix’s dual identity (earnest vegan/surly grunge enthusiast) necessitated a range of public and personal cover-ups, from hush-hush shopping trips for leather accessories to elaborate lies about heroin binges. Cobbling fragments of past interviews together with some newer, not particularly intimate material (neither Phoenix’s immediate relatives nor his famous ex-girlfriends cooperated), this tersely written bio can’t make up its mind whether to indict the actor’s decidedly unusual cult upbringing (where he supposedly engaged in sex at age 4) or the fabled moral bankruptcy of Tinseltown. Despite a fair amount of psychobabble, efforts to link the two amount to tenuous speculation at best. C+

Lost in Hollywood: The Fast Times and Short Life of River Phoenix

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