Brittany Murphy

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Brittany Murphy (November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009) was an American actress and singer. Born in New Jersey, Murphy moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14 with her mother Sharon, in the hopes of landing acting roles. She quickly landed spots in commercials and guest starring roles on television, and appeared as a series regular on two short-lived family sitcoms, Drexell's Class and Almost Home. But it wasn't until 1995 that Murphy became something of a household name, winning the role of the "tragically unhip" new girl Tai in the era-defining teen classic Clueless.

Following the film's breakout success, Murphy embarked on a string of scene-stealing character roles, as quirky head-cases in films like Drop Dead Gorgeous and Riding in Cars with Boys, or as mentally disturbed young women in films including Freeway and the Oscar-winning drama Girl, Interrupted. She also nabbed a lucrative starring role in the long-running animated comedy King of the Hill, which ran from 1997 to 2010. In 2001, Murphy broke out as a leading lady with a memorable role in the Michael Douglas thriller Don't Say a Word, before bagging the female lead in the critically-acclaimed box office smash 8 Mile. Soon after, Murphy grew in-demand as a comedy star, appearing alongside Ashton Kutcher in Just Married, and headlining comedies Uptown Girls and Little Black Book.

She also stole scenes in Robert Rodriguez's comic book adaptation Sin City, and supplied the voice for singing penguin Gloria in Happy Feet. She also set in motion a singing career of her own, finally capitalising on the vocal chops that had in 2000 landed her the highly-coveted role of Janis Joplin in an ultimately aborted biopic of the tragic singer. Faster Kill Pussycat, her collaboration with DJ Paul Oakenfold, became an international hit on the dance charts.

In late 2005, Murphy was dropped by her management at ICM, on the heels of tabloid rumors about her shifting weight and accusations of drug use. Murphy's publicists had, earlier in the year, released a statement to the media denying all claims. But the behind-the-scenes chaos soured Murphy's reputation within the industry, and she would go on to struggle professionally. Later films included the low-budget thrillers Deadline and Something Wicked, and SyFy TV movie Megafault, produced by schlock maestros The Asylum. Hopes of a mainstream comeback were also dashed when she was replaced in Happy Feet Two by the singer Pink, while a supporting role in The Expendables was written out at script stage.

It was during this time that Murphy married film producer Simon Monjack, despite warnings from industry figures about his background. In 2009, Murphy was fired from the set of the supernatural thriller The Caller. Less than a month later, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a "medical request" at the home Murphy shared with Monjack and her mother. Murphy had reportedly collapsed, and despite attempts to resuscitate her at the scene, she was pronounced dead upon arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Murphy was found to have died from pneumonia, anaemia and multiple prescription drug intoxication. Despite the findings, Murphy's father, Angelo Bertolotti, continues to fight for a new investigation into her passing.

Brittany Murphy (November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009) was an American actress and singer. Born in New Jersey, Murphy moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14 with her mother Sharon, in the hopes of landing acting roles. She quickly landed spots in commercials and guest starring roles on television, and appeared as a series regular on two short-lived family sitcoms, Drexell's Class and Almost Home. But it wasn't until 1995 that Murphy became something of a household name, winning the role of the "tragically unhip" new girl Tai in the era-defining teen classic Clueless.

Following the film's breakout success, Murphy embarked on a string of scene-stealing character roles, as quirky head-cases in films like Drop Dead Gorgeous and Riding in Cars with Boys, or as mentally disturbed young women in films including Freeway and the Oscar-winning drama Girl, Interrupted. She also nabbed a lucrative starring role in the long-running animated comedy King of the Hill, which ran from 1997 to 2010. In 2001, Murphy broke out as a leading lady with a memorable role in the Michael Douglas thriller Don't Say a Word, before bagging the female lead in the critically-acclaimed box office smash 8 Mile. Soon after, Murphy grew in-demand as a comedy star, appearing alongside Ashton Kutcher in Just Married, and headlining comedies Uptown Girls and Little Black Book.

She also stole scenes in Robert Rodriguez's comic book adaptation Sin City, and supplied the voice for singing penguin Gloria in Happy Feet. She also set in motion a singing career of her own, finally capitalising on the vocal chops that had in 2000 landed her the highly-coveted role of Janis Joplin in an ultimately aborted biopic of the tragic singer. Faster Kill Pussycat, her collaboration with DJ Paul Oakenfold, became an international hit on the dance charts.

In late 2005, Murphy was dropped by her management at ICM, on the heels of tabloid rumors about her shifting weight and accusations of drug use. Murphy's publicists had, earlier in the year, released a statement to the media denying all claims. But the behind-the-scenes chaos soured Murphy's reputation within the industry, and she would go on to struggle professionally. Later films included the low-budget thrillers Deadline and Something Wicked, and SyFy TV movie Megafault, produced by schlock maestros The Asylum. Hopes of a mainstream comeback were also dashed when she was replaced in Happy Feet Two by the singer Pink, while a supporting role in The Expendables was written out at script stage.

It was during this time that Murphy married film producer Simon Monjack, despite warnings from industry figures about his background. In 2009, Murphy was fired from the set of the supernatural thriller The Caller. Less than a month later, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a "medical request" at the home Murphy shared with Monjack and her mother. Murphy had reportedly collapsed, and despite attempts to resuscitate her at the scene, she was pronounced dead upon arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Murphy was found to have died from pneumonia, anaemia and multiple prescription drug intoxication. Despite the findings, Murphy's father, Angelo Bertolotti, continues to fight for a new investigation into her passing.

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Gender -

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1977-11-10

Day of Death 2009-12-20

Place of Birth Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 Something Wicked as Susan
2010 Abandoned as Mary
2009 Megafault as Dr. Amy Lane
2009 Across the Hall as June
2009 Tribute as Cilla McGowan
2009 Deadline as Alice Evans
2008 Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs as Colleen O'Hallahan (voice)
2008 The Ramen Girl as Abby
2006 Happy Feet as Gloria
2006 The Dead Girl as Krista (The Dead Girl)
2006 Love and Other Disasters as Emily Jackson
2006 The Groomsmen as Sue
2005 Neverwas as Maggie Blake
2005 Sin City as Shellie
2004 Little Black Book as Stacy
2003 Good Boy! as Nelly (voice)
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(2 episodes)
2003 Uptown Girls as Molly Gunn
2003 Celebrities Uncensored(3 episodes)
2003 Punk'd(1 episode) as Herself
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(2 episodes)
2003 Just Married as Sarah McNerney
2002 8 Mile as Alex
2002 Spun as Nikki
2002 Icons(1 episode)
2001 Sidewalks of New York as Ashley
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys as Fay Forrester
2001 Don't Say a Word as Elisabeth Burrows
2001 Summer Catch as Dede Mulligan
2000 Cherry Falls as Jody Marken
2000 Trixie as Ruby Pearli
2000 Common Ground as Dorothy Nelson
1999 Girl, Interrupted as Daisy Randone
1999 Falling Sky as Emily Nicholson
1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous as Lisa Swenson
1999 The Devil's Arithmetic as Rivkah
1998 David and Lisa as Lisa
1998 Zack and Reba as Reba Simpson
1998 Phoenix as Veronica
1998 The Prophecy II as Izzy
1997 Pepper Ann(65 episodes) as Tank the 8th grader
1997 The View(2 episodes)
1997 Drive as Deliverance Bodine
1997 King of the Hill(2 episodes)
1997 King of the Hill(262 episodes) as Luanne Platter
1997 Bongwater as Mary
1996 Clueless(1 episode)
1996 Freeway as Rhonda
1996 Nash Bridges(122 episodes) as Carrie
1996 E! True Hollywood Story(1 episode)
1996 Nash Bridges(1 episode)
1995 Murder One(41 episodes) as Diane 'Dee-Dee' Carson
1995 Murder One(1 episode)
1995 Clueless as Tai
1995 The Marshal(25 episodes) as Lizzie Roth
1994 Party of Five(2 episodes)
1994 Party of Five(146 episodes) as Abby
1994 Sister, Sister(5 episodes)
1994 Sister, Sister(118 episodes) as Sarah
1994 seaQuest DSV(1 episode)
1994 seaQuest DSV(60 episodes) as Christine VanCamp
1993 Boy Meets World(2 episodes)
1993 Boy Meets World(158 episodes) as Trini
1993 Frasier(1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1993 Family Prayers as Elise
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(2 episodes)
1991 The Torkelsons(33 episodes) as Molly Morgan
1991 Drexell's Class(18 episodes) as Brenda Drexell
1990 Parker Lewis Can't Lose(74 episodes) as Angie
1990 Blossom(115 episodes) as Wendy
1990 Blossom(4 episodes)
1988 Murphy Brown(249 episodes) as Frank's Sister
1984 Kids Incorporated(150 episodes) as Celeste
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)

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