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

Brittany Murphy

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.

Movie Cast Year
MegaFault Dr. Amy Lane 2009
Love and Other Disasters Emily Jackson 2006
Deadline Alice Evans 2009
Cherry Falls Jody Marken 2000
The Dead Girl Krista 2006
Little Black Book Stacy 2004
Uptown Girls Molly Gunn 2003
Nora Roberts' Tribute Cilla McGowan 2009
The Ramen Girl Abby 2008
Common Ground Dorothy Nelson 2000
David and Lisa Lisa 1998
Zack and Reba Reba Simpson 1998
Across the Hall June 2009
Just Married Sarah McNerney 2003
Abandoned Mary 2010
Falling Sky Emily Nicholson 1999
Double Jeopardy Julia Neuland 1996
8 Mile Alex 2002
Neverwas Maggie Blake 2005
The Devil's Arithmetic Rivkah 1999
Spun Nikki 2002
Don't Say a Word Elisabeth Burrows 2001
Drive Deliverance Bodine 1997
The Prophecy II Izzy 1998
Clueless Tai Frasier 1995
Happy Feet Gloria (voice) 2006
Girl, Interrupted Daisy Randone 1999
Riding in Cars with Boys Fay Forrester 2001
Bongwater Mary 1998
Something Wicked Susan 2014
Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz Narrator 2005
Trixie Ruby Pearli 2000
Sidewalks of New York Ashley 2001
Brittany Murphy: An ID Mystery Self (archive footage) 2020
Good Boy! Nelly (voice) 2003
The Groomsmen Sue 2006
Angels! Nurse Bellows 2000
I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust Anonymous girl / Elsa Binder (voice) 2005
Drop Dead Gorgeous Lisa Swenson 1999
Freeway Rhonda 1996
Summer Catch Dede Mulligan 2001
Phoenix Veronica 1998
Family Prayers Elise 1993
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Colleen O'Hallahan (voice) 2008
Sin City Shellie 2005
Series Cast Year
The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003
Boy Meets World 1993
King of the Hill 1997
The View Self 1997
seaQuest DSV Christine VanCamp 1993
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992
Parker Lewis Can't Lose Angie 1990
E! True Hollywood Story Self 1996
Sister, Sister Sarah 1994
Party of Five 1994
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993
Pepper Ann Tank the 8th grader 1997
Drexell's Class Brenda Drexell 1991
The Marshal Lizzie Roth 1995
Nash Bridges 1996
The Torkelsons Molly Morgan 1991
Icons 2002
Murder One 1995
Frasier Olsen 1993
Clueless 1996
Blossom 1990
Celebrities Uncensored 2003
Saturday Night Live Self - Host 1975
King of the Hill Luanne Platter 1997
Punk'd Self 2003
The Reichen Show 2005
Unscripted Herself 2005
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