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The tomboyish daughter of movie stars, Martha Plimpton never got the pretty-girl parts. But by 15, she was in The Goonies and dating River Phoenix. The actor talks to Ryan Gilbey about her looks, stage fright – and growing up with the cast of Hair

Martha Plimpton steps out into the street for an early-evening smoke and is immediately pounced upon by two middle-aged men in windcheaters. "Ooh," says the stage-door manager at the Old Vic, sucking his teeth. "She walked straight into that one." We watch the autograph-hunters retreat with their signed glossies while Plimpton becomes absorbed in her mobile phone.

"It comes with the territory," she says, after climbing the stairs back to the rehearsal room. Her voice has a Marge Simpson huskiness to it, with a New Yorker's seen-it-all fatigue. Plimpton has not, all things considered, had to put up with too much intrusion, though, apart from the abusive »

- Ryan Gilbey

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