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Birthday: Nov 10, 1977
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Brittany Murphy

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.

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