Brittany Murphy

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Brittany Murphy (also known as Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack, born 10.11.1977, died 20.12.2009)

Brittany Murphy was an American actress, as well as a singer and has appeared in a number of high profile movies, such as Clueless, 8 Mile and Sin City.

Brittany Murphy: Childhood

Brittany Murphy was born to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Bertolotti, who divorced when Brittany was two years old. Brittany was raised by Sharon, in Edison, New Jersey, then later in Los Angeles. They had moved there so that Brittany could pursue a career in acting. She frequently attributed her success to her mother, who always worked hard to encourage Brittany's creativity. Brittany had two older half-brothers, Jeff and Tony Bertolotti and a younger half-sister, Pia Bertolotti.

Brittany was raised as a Baptist and later became non-denominational.

Brittany Murphy: Acting Career

Brittany Murphy's first Hollywood acting job came when she was aged 14 and starred as Brenda Drexell in the US series Drexell's Class. She then played Molly Morgan in Almost Home, a spin-off of The Torkelsons. She also landed small roles on shows such as Blossom (starring Mayim Bialik and Joey Lawrence) and Frasier (starring Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce). She also had recurring roles on Sister Sister (starring Tia Mowry, Tamara Mowry and Tim Reid), Part of Five (starring Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Matthew Fox) and Boy Meets World (starring Ben Savage).

Murphy then went on to star in a number of well-known films. One of her best-known roles was in the comedy Clueless, which starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash and Paul Rudd. She then starred opposite Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie in the award-winning Girl, Interrupted, which was based on a true story. The same year (1999), she appeared in Drop Dead Gorgeous, which starred Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin, Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards.

In 2001, Brittany Murphy starred alongside Michael Douglas in the psychological thriller Don't Say A Word. Sean Bean also starred. She also featured in the TV adaptation of the Jane Yolen novel The Devil's Arithmetic, which also starred Kirsten Dunst.

The following year, Murphy starred alongside Eminem in his semi-autobiographical movie, 8 Mile. The film received a great deal of critical acclaim and also starred Kim Basinger and Mekhi Phifer as well as the hip-hop artists Proof and Xzibit.

2003 saw Murphy star in Uptown Girls, with Dakota Fanning, Marley Shelton and Heather Locklear. This was followed by an appearance in the comedy Little Black Book, with Ron Livingston. One of Murphy's better-known performances came in 2005, with the release of Sin City. The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and also starred Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Clive Owen. Her acting style has been compared by the movie critic Roger Ebert, to Lucille Ball.

Brittany Murphy also undertook a lot of work as a voice actor, lending to her voice to the animation sitcom King of the Hill and the feature animation Happy Feet.

In late 2009, Brittany Murphy abandoned production of The Caller. The movie was being filmed in Puerto Rico. Murphy was replaced by Rachelle Lefevre, to play the lead role opposite Stephen Moyer. Brittany Murphy's last film before her death was Abandoned, a thriller/drama that also stars Dean Cain and Mimi Rogers. The films scheduled 2010 release was maintained following the news of Murphy's passing.

Brittany Murphy: Music

In the 1990s, Brittany Murphy was in a band named Blessed Soul, along with another actor, Eric Balfour. She also released a track with the producer Paul Oakenfold in 2006, 'Faster Kill Pussycat'.

For the soundtrack to Happy Feet, Murphy covered Queen's 'Somebody to Love' and Earth, Wind & Fire's 'Boogie Wonderland'.

Murphy has appeared in a number of music videos, including Luscious Jackson's 'Here', Wheatus' 'A Little Respect' and Tears For Fears' 'Closest Thing To Heaven'.

Brittany Murphy: Personal Life

In the past, Brittany dated the actor Ashton Kutcher, as well as the talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz. She was briefly engaged to the production assistant Joe Macaluso, but they never married.

In 2007, Murphy married Simon Monjack, a British screenwriter. She lived in a house with her husband and her mother until her death in December 2009, when she collapsed in her bathroom. Initial reports suggested a heart-attack, or heart failure of some kind.

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18th March 2014 -

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Brittany Murphy's last ever movie finally has a release date four years after the actress' death. The long-delayed Something Wicked is reportedly set to premiere next month in Oregon, having wrapped just months before the...

Brittany Murphy's Death Was No Accident, Her Father Claims

20th November 2013 -

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19th November 2013 -

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The popular Hollywood actress Brittany Murphy may have been poisoned "with likely criminal intent," according to a new toxicology report.Laboratory reports conducted by the Carlson Company in Colorado detected 10 heavy metals at abnormal levels...

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19th November 2013 -

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Brittany Murphy May Have Been Poisoned To Death!

19th November 2013 -

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11th October 2012 -

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The cast of 8 Mile has paid tribute to Brittany Murphy after reuniting to mark the 10th anniversary of Eminem's acclaimed hip-hop movie.The rapper rounded up former co-stars Mekhi Phifer, Anthony MACkie, Evan Jones and...

Dash Was In 'Shock' After Murphy's Death

10th May 2010 -

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Murphy Lost Virginity Thanks To Mum

24th August 2005 -

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Late starter BRITTANY MURPHY credits her mother with encouraging her to lose her virginity. The SIN CITY beauty, 27, was a reclusive teen until her mum insisted she left the house to...

Girl, Interrupted

8th March 2005 -

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Brittany Murphy's Fake British Accent

4th March 2004 -

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8 MILE star BRITTANY MURPHY has to surround herself with pals whenever she's in London, to stop her from speaking in a fake British accent. The American actress admits that whenever she crosses the...

Woody Allen And Wife Have Biggest Hollywood Age Gap

28th May 2003 -

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Film-maker WOODY ALLEN's controversial marriage to ex-lover MIA FARROW's adopted daughter has broken records - as the biggest age difference between a celebrity couple. Allen, 67, who has been married to 32-year-old SOON-YI PREVIN...

Mile High Sex Bid For Ashton + Brittany

19th May 2003 -

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