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Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

  • Born on
    • November 10th, 1977
  • Died on
    • December 20th, 2009
Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack (née Bertolotti; 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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Filmography

Acting (41 Credits)

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2014Something Wicked as Susan
2010Abandoned as MaryWatch Free
2009Deadline as Alice Evans
2009MegaFault as Dr. Amy Lane
2009Tribute as Cilla McGowan
2009Across the Hall as June
2008The Ramen Girl as Abby
2008Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs as Colleen O'Hallahan (voice)
2006Love and Other Disasters as Emily Jackson
2006The Dead Girl as Krista
2006Happy Feet as Gloria (voice)
2006The Groomsmen as SueWatch Free
2005Neverwas as Maggie Blake
2005Sin City as Shellie
2004Little Black Book as Stacy
2003Uptown Girls as Molly Gunn
2003Just Married as Sarah McNerney
2003Good Boy as Nelly (voice)
20028 Mile as Alex
2002Spun as Nikki
2001Don't Say a Word as Elisabeth Burrows
2001Riding in Cars with Boys as Fay Forrester
2001Sidewalks of New York as Ashley
2001Summer Catch as Dede Mulligan
2000Common Ground as Dorothy Nelson
2000Cherry Falls as Jody Marken
2000Trixie as Ruby Pearli
1999The Devil's Arithmetic as Rivkah
1999Girl, Interrupted as Daisy Randone
1999Drop Dead Gorgeous as Lisa Swenson
1998David and Lisa as Lisa
1998The Prophecy II as Izzy
1998Bongwater as Mary
1998Phoenix as Veronica
1997Drive as Deliverance Bodine
1997King of the Hill as Luanne Platter
1997Pepper Ann as Tank the 8th grader
1996Freeway as RhondaWatch Free
1995Clueless as Tai Frasier
1991The Torkelsons as Molly Morgan
1990Parker Lewis Can't Lose as Angie

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