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Brittany Murphy

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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Nov 10, 1977 In Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Pelicula Something Wicked 2014-04-04
Known For
Poster of Inocencia interrumpida
Poster of Clueless (Fuera de onda)
Poster of Yo y el mundo
Poster of Frasier
Pelicula Something Wicked Susan 2014-04-04
Pelicula Top Priority: The Terror Within Herself - Deceased Film Star and Witness in the Julia Davis Case 2012-06-15
Pelicula Abandonada Mary 2010-08-24
Pelicula Deadline Alice Evans 2009-01-01
Pelicula El legado de Janet Hardy Cilla McGowan 2009-04-11
Pelicula Megafault Dr. Amy Lane 2009-10-10
Pelicula Across the Hall June 2009-08-27
Pelicula The Ramen Girl Abby 2008-02-08
Pelicula Futurama: La bestia con un millón de espaldas Colleen O'Hallahan (voice) 2008-06-30
Pelicula Los amigos del novio Sue 2006-06-09
Pelicula Amor y otros desastres Emily Jackson 2006-09-09
Pelicula Happy Feet: Rompiendo el hielo Gloria (voice) 2006-11-16
Pelicula The Dead Girl Krista 2006-11-07
Pelicula Sin City, Ciudad del pecado Shellie 2005-04-01
Pelicula El libro mágico Maggie Blake 2005-09-09
Pelicula Las novias de mi novio Stacy 2004-08-06
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Pelicula Recién casados Sarah McNerney 2003-01-09
Series Punk'd Herself 2003-03-17
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Series Celebrities Uncensored Unknown 2003-06-04
Pelicula Un perro de otro mundo Nelly (voice) 2003-10-10
Pelicula Niñera a la fuerza Molly Gunn 2003-08-15
Series Icons Unknown 2002-05-01
Pelicula 8 millas Alex 2002-11-08
Pelicula Spun Nikki 2002-06-01
Pelicula Ni una palabra Elisabeth Burrows 2001-09-28
Pelicula ¡Vaya partido! Dede Mulligan 2001-08-22
Pelicula Los chicos de mi vida Fay Forrester 2001-10-19
Pelicula Las aceras de Nueva York Ashley 2001-11-23
Pelicula Common Ground Dorothy Nelson 2000-01-29
Pelicula Trixie Ruby Pearli 2000-06-28
Pelicula Cherry Falls Jody Marken 2000-08-25
Pelicula Muérete bonita Lisa Swenson 1999-07-23
Pelicula La aritmética del diablo Rivkah 1999-03-28
Pelicula Falling Sky Emily Nicholson 1999-11-01
Pelicula Inocencia interrumpida Daisy Randone 1999-12-21
Pelicula Ángeles y demonios 2 Izzy 1998-01-20
Pelicula Phoenix Veronica 1998-09-04
Pelicula David and Lisa Lisa 1998-11-01
Pelicula Zack and Reba Reba Simpson 1998-11-01
Pelicula Bongwater Mary 1997-01-01
Series El rey de la colina Luanne Platter 1997-01-12
Pelicula Fuerza máxima Deliverance Bodine 1997-08-06
Series Pepper Ann Tank the 8th grader 1997-09-13
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Series Nash Bridges Carrie 1996-03-29
Pelicula Freeway Rhonda 1996-08-23
Series Clueless Unknown 1996-09-20
Pelicula Clueless (Fuera de onda) Tai Frasier 1995-07-19
Series The Marshal Lizzie Roth 1995-01-31
Series Murder One Diane 'Dee-Dee' Carson 1995-09-20
Series Sister, Sister Sarah 1994-04-01
Series SeaQuest DSV Christine VanCamp 1994-01-19
Series Cinco en familia Abby 1994-09-12
Pelicula Family Prayers Elise 1993-03-19
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Series Yo y el mundo Trini 1993-09-24
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Series Drexell's Class Brenda Drexell 1991-09-19
Series The Torkelsons Molly Morgan 1991-09-21
Series Blossom Wendy 1990-07-05
Series Parker Lewis Nunca Pierde Angie 1990-09-02
Series Murphy Brown Frank's Sister 1988-11-14
Series Kids Incorporated Celeste 1984-09-07
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11