Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind
By Gavin Edwards
Tragic is almost always over used to describe the death of a celebrity, but it’s difficult to find another term in talking about the life and death of Phoenix, a child star trying to transition into more serious adult roles, while living with a past that had to have some serious psychological affect. In ‘Last Night at the Viper Room,’ Gavin Edwards does an impressive job of taking the typical Hollywood bio and bring it to life, by taking the focus off of his prime target at times and covering the lives of those in the periphery, like Viper Club owner and fellow actor/struggling rock star Johnny Depp, and contemporaries like Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves and Leonardo DiCaprio. All give a contrast and context to the life of Edwards’ main subject.
In Last Night at the Viper Room, acclaimed author and journalist Gavin Edwards vividly recounts the life and tragic death of acclaimed actor River Phoenix a teen idol on the fast track to Hollywood royalty who died of a drug overdose in front of West Hollywood s storied club, the Viper Room, at the age of 23. Last Night at the Viper Room explores ...