Brittany Murphy

Actress / Television Actress / Film Actress / Voice Actress / Musician | * 11/10/1977 († 32, 12/20/2009) | Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack (née Bertolotti; November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009) was an American actress and singer. Born in Atlanta, Murphy moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and pursued a career in acting. Her breakthrough role was as Tai Frasier in Clueless (1995), followed by supporting roles in independent films such as Freeway (1996) and Bongwater (1998). She made her stage debut in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge in 1997, before appearing as Daisy Randone in Girl, Interrupted (1999) and as Lisa Swenson in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999). In the 2000s, Murphy appeared in Don't Say a Word (2001) alongside Michael Douglas, and alongside Eminem in ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Brittany Murphy

Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple/ensemble Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast

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Movies with Brittany Murphy as Actress(44)

as Susan2014 Something Wicked
as Mary2010 Abandoned
as Alice Evans2009 Deadline
as Cilla McGowan2009 Nora Roberts' Tribute
as June2009 Across the Hall
as Dr. Amy Lane2009 MegaFault
as Colleen O'Hallahan (voice)2008 Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs
as Abby2008 The Ramen Girl
as Krista2006 The Dead Girl
as Gloria (voice)2006 Happy Feet
as Emily Jackson2006 Love and Other Disasters
as Sue2006 The Groomsmen
as Maggie Blake2005 Neverwas
as Shellie2005 Sin City
as Stacy2004 Little Black Book
as Sarah McNerney2003 Just Married
as Molly Gunn2003 Uptown Girls
as Nelly (voice)2003 Good Boy!
as Alex2002 8 Mile
as Nikki2002 Spun
as Ashley2001 Sidewalks of New York
as Elisabeth Burrows2001 Don't Say a Word
as Dede Mulligan2001 Summer Catch
as Fay Forrester2001 Riding in Cars with Boys
as Nurse Bellows2000 Angels!
as Ruby Pearli2000 Trixie
as Jody Marken2000 Cherry Falls
as Dorothy Nelson2000 Common Ground
as Emily Nicholson1999 Falling Sky
as Lisa Swenson1999 Drop Dead Gorgeous
as Daisy Randone1999 Girl, Interrupted
as Izzy1998 The Prophecy II
as Veronica1998 Phoenix
as Reba Simpson1998 Zack and Reba
as Lisa1998 David and Lisa
as Deliverance Bodine1997 Drive
as Mary1997 Bongwater
as Julia Neuland1996 Double Jeopardy
as Rhonda1996 Freeway
as Tai Frasier1995 Clueless
as Elise1993 Family Prayers

TV Shows/Series with Brittany Murphy as Actress(31)

as herself2003 Punk'd
2002 Icons
as Luanne Platter1997 King of the Hill
as Tank the 8th grader1997 Pepper Ann
as Lizzie Roth1995 The Marshal
as Christine VanCamp1993 seaQuest DSV
as Olsen1993 Frasier
as Molly Morgan1991 The Torkelsons
as Brenda Drexell1991 Drexell's Class
as Wendy1990 Blossom
1990 Blossom
as Frank's Sister1988 Murphy Brown
as Celeste1984 Kids Incorporated

Full Name: Brittany Murphy
Born: Thursday, 11/10 1977 (November) in Atlanta
Died: Sunday, 12/20 2009 (December) in West Hollywood (aged: 32)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Edison High School
Spouses (current/former): Simon Monjack
Other names for Brittany Murphy (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Brittany Anne Bertolotti"
Brittany Murphy frequently works together with these people:
Andy Samberg (33x, Actor)
Bill Hader (24x, Actor)
Maya Rudolph (14x, Actress)
Ashton Kutcher (13x, Actor)
Lindsay Lohan (12x, Actress)
Kelsey Grammer (12x, Actor)
Jay Leno (12x, Actor)
Jack Black (11x, Actor)
Alec Baldwin (11x, Actor)
Tom Hanks (11x, Actor)
Martin Short (11x, Actor)
Edward Burns (8x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:458, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 07/13/2020