Brittany Murphy
Actress, recording artist
Brittany Murphy
Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack, known professionally as Brittany Murphy, was an American actress and singer. She starred in films such as Clueless, Just Married, Girl, Interrupted, Spun, 8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Sin City, Happy Feet, and Riding in Cars with Boys. She voiced Luanne Platter on the animated TV series King of the Hill. Her final film, Something Wicked, is slated to be released on December 12, 2012.
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This Gallery Director Is Obsessed With Dead Celebrities
NYTimes - 20 days
By day, Alissa Bennett works at Team Gallery. In her spare time, she creates a zine dedicated to the likes of Judy Garland and Brittany Murphy.
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We're Not So Convinced This Guy Is Channeling The Spirit Of Brittany Murphy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Meet Audrey Wollen, The Feminist Art Star Staging A Revolution On Instagram
Huffington Post - about 1 year
During a moment when the facade of social media seems to be cracking, it’s easy to look to Instagram stars and wonder what’s real and what’s fake. Last month, Essena O’Neill, the Australian teenager who racked up more than half a million Instagram followers, quit Instagram after claiming that social media is “not real life.” At first glance, you might scroll through artist Audrey Wollen’s Instagram and see another aspiring model-type. She’s tall, thin and beautiful, which could easily make for the beginnings of Insta-fame. Like O’Neill (and many young women on Instagram), her account is filled with selfies. If you take a closer look, though, you’ll see that she’s not your conventional Instagram “it” girl. Wollen recently posted a painting of a nude young woman staring into a mirror, captioned with, “if u look at paintings of girls and replace each mirror w/ an iPhone in yr head, u will realize that nothing has ever been different.” Overnight, her historical take on selfies and ...
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The SWAG Effect: Disordered Eating's Deadliest Myth
Huffington Post - about 3 years
I remember the day Brittany Murphy died. I was at my favorite coffee shop, sipping a non-fat, no-whip latte: my liquid lunch. My mother called as soon as the terrible news exploded my Facebook feed. "Did you hear about Brittany Murphy? Did you see her latest pictures? She looks terrible. She definitely had an eating disorder." See? See, Elizabeth? This is what happens. My mother meant well. I have an abysmal history with food. When I was 21, I weighed 58 pounds and, instead of committing me to another round of inpatient eating disorder treatment, my hopeless, powerless, frustrated friends and family resigned to watch me die. Years later, sipping thin coffee, spinning food porn for a graduate writing workshop, even though I looked normal, I still had lots of issues. I probably always will. "Let Brittany Murphy be warning to her," my mother probably thought. She phoned that afternoon for the same reason she plays Karen Carpenter carols whenever we bake cookies on Christmas ...
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Brittany Murphy's Mother: My Daughter Was Not Poisoned
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
In response to recent claims that Brittany Murphy may have died from poisoning, the late actress' mother has written an open letter insisting that there was no foul play involved in her daughter's death. Sharon argues that Brittany's father, Angelo Bertolotti, was not involved in his daughter's life until she began to gain fame in the mid-1990s after TV appearances and her role in Clueless. To even mention that the heavy metals that were listed in his test are in rat poison, leading to articles suggesting Brittany ingested that or anything like it, is absurd.
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Brittany Murphy poisoning claim problematic: toxicologist
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
A prominent toxicologist says a lab report speculating that Brittany Murphy was poisoned by no means proves she was murdered. He also said hair treatments could account for heavy metals found in a sample of her hair.
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Rat poison or hair dye? Experts disagree over analysis of Brittany Murphy’s hair, four years after her death
Fox News - over 3 years
FOX411 was the last news outlet to interview Brittany Murphy, just days before her death in 2009.
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Reports: Brittany Murphy may have died from poisoning
CBS News - over 3 years
Murphy's father says a new toxicology report indicates the late actress may have ingested toxic metals used in rat poison
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Brittany Murphy
  • 2009
    Age 31
    On December 24, 2009, Murphy was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.
    More Details Hide Details On May 23, 2010, her widower Simon Monjack was found dead at the same Hollywood Hills residence. In July 2010, Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter stated that the cause of his death was acute pneumonia and severe anemia. It was reported that the Los Angeles County Department of Health had considered toxic mold in their house as a possible cause of the deaths, but this was dismissed by Ed Winter, who stated that there were "no indicators" that mold was a factor. Murphy's mother Sharon described the reports of mold contributing to the deaths as "absurd" and went on to state that inspecting the home for mold was never requested by the Health Department. In December 2011, Sharon Murphy changed her stance, announcing that toxic mold was indeed what killed her daughter and son-in-law, and filed a lawsuit against the attorneys who represented her in an earlier suit against the builders of the home where her daughter and son-in-law died.
    At 8:00 AM on December 20, 2009, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to "a medical request" at the Los Angeles home Murphy and Monjack shared.
    More Details Hide Details She had apparently collapsed in a bathroom. Firefighters attempted to resuscitate Murphy on the scene. She was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died at 10:04 after going into cardiac arrest. Shortly after her death, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told the Associated Press: "It appears to be natural." An autopsy was performed the day after she died. Her death certificate listed the cause of death as "deferred". On February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles County coroner stated that the primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication. On February 25, 2010, the coroner released a report stating that Murphy had been taking a range of over-the-counter and prescription medications, with the most likely reason being to treat a cold or respiratory infection. These included "elevated levels" of hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine and chlorpheniramine. All of the drugs were legal and the death was ruled to be an accident, but the report observed: "the possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state."
    In December 2009, Murphy died of pneumonia and anemia at the age of 32.
    More Details Hide Details The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office at first ruled her death an accidental drug overdose. However, when her widower Simon Monjack died from the same illnesses six months later, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services considered toxic mold in their home as a possible cause for their deaths, but this has been dismissed by the Coroner's Office. In 2011, Murphy's mother Sharon filed a lawsuit against the attorneys who represented her in an earlier suit against the builders of the home where her daughter and son-in-law died. Brittany Anne Bertolotti was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti, who divorced when she was two years old. Murphy was raised by her mother in Edison, New Jersey. Bertolotti was not named as her father on Brittany's first death certificate. Prior to her enrolling at Edison High School, the family moved to Los Angeles in 1991 so that Murphy could pursue an acting career.
    In November 2009, Murphy left the production of The Caller, which was being filmed in Puerto Rico, and was replaced by Rachelle Lefevre.
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    In 2009, she was cast in the Lifetime TV movie Tribute, as the main character, Cilla.
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  • 2007
    Age 29
    In May 2007, Murphy married British screenwriter Simon Monjack in a private Jewish ceremony in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details For the last three-and-a-half years of her life, Murphy, her mother and Monjack lived together in the same house. In the early 2000s, Murphy lost a large amount of weight, which led to rumors of a cocaine addiction. In 2005, Murphy disputed such claims to Jane magazine, saying, "No, just for the record I have never tried it in my entire life." At this point, she had recently signed as the spokesmodel for Jordache jeans.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    On June 6, 2006, Murphy and Paul Oakenfold released the single "Faster Kill Pussycat", from the album A Lively Mind.
    More Details Hide Details The song became a club hit, and hit number one on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. It also hit number seven in Oakenfold's native United Kingdom in June 2006. She dabbled in music again with the release of the film Happy Feet, in which she covered Queen's "Somebody to Love" and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland". Murphy said about her character, Gloria, "Oddly enough, of all the characters I've played, Gloria is the most like me. And she's a penguin! George Miller always wanted one person to do both speaking and the singing. I said, 'I can sing,' and I asked him to give me a shot. I don't think he took me very seriously, because most actors say they can do most things."
    She returned to voice acting with the critically acclaimed 2006 animated feature Happy Feet, as Gloria Penguin.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    Once engaged to talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz, Murphy became engaged to Joe Macaluso in December 2005, a production assistant she met while working on the film Little Black Book. In August 2006, they ended their engagement.
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  • 2003
    Age 25
    Film critic Roger Ebert frequently acclaimed Murphy's acting talent and comedic timing, giving good reviews to several of her films and comparing her to Lucille Ball: As for Brittany Murphy, for me, it goes back to the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards where Murphy was assigned to present one of the awards.
    More Details Hide Details Her task was to read the names of the five nominees, open an envelope, and reveal the name of the winner. This she turned into an opportunity for screwball improvisational comedy, by pretending she could not follow this sequence, not even after the audience shouted instructions and the stage manager came to whisper in her ear not once but twice. There were those in the audience who were dumbfounded by her stupidity. I was dumbfounded by her brilliance. Murphy followed with several independent films, including as Spun (2002), Neverwas (2005), and Karen Moncrieff's The Dead Girl (2006), as well as two Edward Burns films: Sidewalks of New York (2001) and The Groomsmen (2006).
    In 2003, she starred in the romantic comedies Just Married and Little Black Book (2004) and the critically acclaimed Sin City (2005).
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  • 2002
    Age 24
    In late 2002, Murphy began dating Ashton Kutcher, her co-star in Just Married.
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  • 1997
    Age 19
    She also voiced the character Luanne Platter on Fox's animated sitcom King of the Hill for the entirety of the show's run from 1997 to 2009, and Joseph Gribble until the fifth season.
    More Details Hide Details She was nominated for an Annie Award for voice acting in the King of the Hill episode "Movin' On Up". She began the 2000s with a leading role in Don't Say a Word (2001) alongside Michael Douglas; the TV adaptation of the novel The Devil's Arithmetic (2001); 8 Mile (2002), for which she received critical acclaim; and Uptown Girls (2003).
    Murphy made her Broadway debut in 1997, as Catherine, in a revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge opposite veteran actors Anthony LaPaglia and Allison Janney.
    More Details Hide Details Murphy landed her first job in Hollywood when she was thirteen, starring as Brenda Drexell in the series Drexell's Class. She then went on to play Molly Morgan in the short-lived The Torkelsons spinoff Almost Home. Murphy also guest-starred on several television series, including Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Blossom, seaQuest 2032, Murder One and Frasier. She also had recurring roles on Sister, Sister, Party of Five and Boy Meets World. Murphy's breakthrough role was in her second feature film, the teen comedy Clueless (1995), directed by Amy Heckerling, which went on to receive cult status. She followed this with roles in Freeway (1996), with Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland, and the independent comedy Bongwater (1998). In 1999, she landed a supporting role in James Mangold's Girl, Interrupted (1999) as a troubled psychiatric patient alongside Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie; and as an aspiring beauty queen in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The 2000s saw Murphy with roles in Don't Say a Word (2001) alongside Michael Douglas, and alongside Eminem in 8 Mile (2002), for which she gained critical recognition. Her later roles included Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), Spun (2002), Uptown Girls (2003), Sin City (2005), and Happy Feet (2006). Murphy also voiced Luanne Platter on the animated television series King of the Hill. Her final film, Something Wicked, was released in April 2014.
  • 1982
    Age 4
    Murphy attended Verne Fowler School of Dance and Theatre Arts in Colonia, New Jersey, in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details From the age of four, she trained in singing, dancing, and acting until her move to California at thirteen.
  • 1977
    Born on November 10, 1977.
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