Brittany Murphy



Place of birth:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA:


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.

Film Credits

Something Wicked (2014)
as Susan
Abandoned (2010)
as Mary
MegaFault (2009)
as Dr. Amy Lane
Across the Hall (2009)
as June
Nora Roberts' Tribute (2009)
as Cilla McGowan
Deadline (2009)
as Alice Evans
Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs (2008)
as Colleen O'Hallahan (voice)
The Ramen Girl (2008)
as Abby
Happy Feet (2006)
as Gloria (voice)
The Dead Girl (2006)
as Krista
Love and Other Disasters (2006)
as Emily Jackson
The Groomsmen (2006)
as Sue
Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz (2005)
as Narrator
Neverwas (2005)
as Maggie Blake
I’m Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust (2005)
as Anonymous girl / Elsa Binder (voice)
Sin City (2005)
as Shellie
Little Black Book (2004)
as Stacy
Good Boy! (2003)
as Nelly (voice)
Uptown Girls (2003)
as Molly Gunn
The Making of 'King of the Hill' (2003)
as Self
Just Married (2003)
as Sarah McNerney
8 Mile (2002)
as Alex
Spun (2002)
as Nikki
Sidewalks of New York (2001)
as Ashley
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
as Fay Forrester
Don't Say a Word (2001)
as Elisabeth Burrows
Summer Catch (2001)
as Dede Mulligan
Cherry Falls (2000)
as Jody Marken
Angels! (2000)
as Nurse Bellows
Trixie (2000)
as Ruby Pearli
Common Ground (2000)
as Dorothy Nelson
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
as Daisy Randone
Falling Sky (1999)
as Emily Nicholson
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
as Lisa Swenson
The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)
as Rivkah
Zack and Reba (1998)
as Reba Simpson
David and Lisa (1998)
as Lisa
Phoenix (1998)
as Veronica
The Prophecy II (1998)
as Izzy
Drive (1997)
as Deliverance Bodine
Bongwater (1997)
as Mary
Freeway (1996)
as Rhonda
Double Jeopardy (1996)
as Julia Neuland
Clueless (1995)
as Tai Frasier
Family Prayers (1993)
as Elise

TV Series Credits

The Reichen Show (2005)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)
Punk'd (2003)
as Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
Icons (2002)
Pepper Ann (1997)
as Tank the 8th grader
The View (1997)
King of the Hill (1997)
King of the Hill (1997)
as Luanne Platter
Clueless (1996)
Nash Bridges (1996)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)
Murder One (1995)
The Marshal (1995)
as Lizzie Roth
Party of Five (1994)
Sister, Sister (1994)
Boy Meets World (1993)
Frasier (1993)
as Olsen
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
seaQuest DSV (1993)
as Christine VanCamp
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)
The Torkelsons (1991)
as Molly Morgan
Drexell's Class (1991)
as Brenda Drexell
Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990)
as Angie
Blossom (1990)
Blossom (1990)
as Wendy
Murphy Brown (1988)
as Frank's Sister
Kids Incorporated (1984)
as Celeste
Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (1983)
Saturday Night Live (1975)