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Brittany Murphy

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 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), Party 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. On December 20, 2009, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to "a medical request" at the Los Angeles home Murphy and husband Simon Monjack shared. She had apparently collapsed in the bathroom. Firefighters attempted to resuscitate Murphy on the scene. She was subsequently transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival after going into cardiac arrest.

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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:
Movie Something Wicked 2014-04-04
Known For
Poster of Spun
Poster of Don't Say a Word
Poster of Drop Dead Gorgeous
Poster of Frasier
Movie Something Wicked Susan 2014-04-04
Movie Abandoned Mary 2010-08-24
Movie Deadline Alice Evans 2009-01-01
Movie Nora Roberts' Tribute Cilla McGowan 2009-04-11
Movie MegaFault Dr. Amy Lane 2009-10-10
Movie Across the Hall June 2009-08-27
Movie The Ramen Girl Abby 2008-02-08
Movie Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs Colleen O'Hallahan (voice) 2008-06-30
Movie The Groomsmen Sue 2006-06-09
Movie Love and Other Disasters Emily Jackson 2006-09-09
Movie The Dead Girl Krista 2006-11-07
Movie Happy Feet Gloria (voice) 2006-11-16
Movie I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust Anonymous girl / Elsa Binder (voice) 2005-05-05
Movie Sin City Shellie 2005-04-01
Movie Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz Narrator 2005-10-25
Movie Neverwas Maggie Blake 2005-09-09
Movie Little Black Book Stacy 2004-08-06
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Just Married Sarah McNerney 2003-01-09
Series Celebrities Uncensored Unknown 2003-06-04
Movie Good Boy! Nelly (voice) 2003-10-10
Movie Uptown Girls Molly Gunn 2003-08-15
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Series Icons Unknown 2002-05-01
Movie 8 Mile Alex 2002-11-08
Movie Spun Nikki 2002-06-01
Movie Summer Catch Dede Mulligan 2001-08-22
Movie Don't Say a Word Elisabeth Burrows 2001-09-28
Movie Riding in Cars with Boys Fay Forrester 2001-10-19
Movie Sidewalks of New York Ashley 2001-11-23
Movie Trixie Ruby Pearli 2000-06-28
Movie Common Ground Dorothy Nelson 2000-01-29
Movie Angels! Nurse Bellows 2000-07-08
Movie Cherry Falls Jody Marken 2000-08-25
Movie Girl, Interrupted Daisy Randone 1999-03-24
Movie The Devil's Arithmetic Rivkah 1999-03-28
Movie Falling Sky Emily Nicholson 1999-11-01
Movie Drop Dead Gorgeous Lisa Swenson 1999-07-23
Movie The Prophecy II Izzy 1998-01-20
Movie Bongwater Mary 1998-04-18
Movie Phoenix Veronica 1998-09-04
Movie Zack and Reba Reba Simpson 1998-11-01
Movie David and Lisa Lisa 1998-11-01
Movie Drive Deliverance Bodine 1997-08-06
Series King of the Hill Luanne Platter 1997-01-12
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series Pepper Ann Tank the 8th grader 1997-09-13
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Series Nash Bridges Carrie 1996-03-29
Movie Freeway Rhonda 1996-08-23
Series Clueless Jasmine 1996-09-20
Series The Marshal Lizzie Roth 1995-01-31
Movie Clueless Tai Frasier 1995-07-19
Series Murder One Diane 'Dee-Dee' Carson 1995-09-20
Series Sister, Sister Sarah 1994-04-01
Series Party of Five Abby 1994-09-12
Series seaQuest DSV Christine VanCamp 1993-09-12
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Boy Meets World Trini 1993-09-24
Series Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
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 Can't Lose Angie 1990-09-02
Series Murphy Brown Frank's Sister 1988-11-14
Series Kids Incorporated Celeste 1984-09-07
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1983-04-04
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11