Brittany Murphy

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Date of Birth 10 November 1977, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Date of Death 20 December 2009, Los Angeles, California, USA (cardiac arrest) Birth Name Brittany Anne Murphy Height 5' 3" (1.60 m) Mini Biography Perhaps it was being born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Edison, New Jersey that bestowed Brittany Murphy with the adaptability that had allowed her to conquer a fairly prodigious amount of projects. Brittany first honed her acting skills in regional theater at the age of 9. By age 13, she had signed on with a manager and began appearing in television commercials. In 1991, at the age of 13, Brittany and her mother moved to Burbank, California, where she landed her first television role on the show "Blossom" (1991). This lead to a starring role on "Drexell's Class" (1991), a series that proved to be short lived. Brittany's major breakthrough film appearance was in Clueless (1995), the Emma meets "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990) comedy, in which she starred opposite of Alicia Silverstone. She went on to demonstrate her versatility and talent for not only comedy but drama; Brittany was nominated for best leading female performance in the Young Artist Awards for her role in the television film David and Lisa (1998) (TV). Aside from the many screen appearances she made after her Clueless (1995) breakthrough, Brittany lent her vocal talents, established in the early 1990s as a lead singer of her band "Blessed Soul", to the cartoon "King of the Hill" (1997) as the voice of Luanne. IMDb Mini Biography By: Kimberly Hannigan Spouse Simon Monjack (5 May 2007 - 20 December 2009) (her death) Trade Mark Specialized in performing as a mentally disturbed girl or a troubled teenager. Trivia In February 2000, she appeared [with Girl, Interrupted (1999) costar Winona Ryder] in "The Vagina Monologues," reading a chilling story of a Bosnian woman's rape camp experiences. Was set to star in a biopic of Janis Joplin, but the film was grounded over battles for the rights to Joplin's songs. She had won the role over Courtney Love and Emily Watson. Her favorite music was Jazz, especially Cole Porter. She also liked TLC, Björk, Beck and The Rolling Stones. Made the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine in 2003. That cover shot shows how much her look has changed since becoming an actress. She began her acting career as a slightly rotund brunette and has transformed into a svelte blonde cover girl. She has constantly denied rumors that she has had plastic surgery. Ranked 32nd on the Maxim Hot 100 in 2003. In the early '90s, she was the lead singer in her band, called "Blessed Soul". Her mom, Sharon, is a survivor of breast cancer. Her date to the high school prom was Jonathan Brandis of "SeaQuest DSV" (1993) fame. Engaged to talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz. (August 2004) broke engagement but the two remain friends [January 9, 2004] Presenter for the 61st Golden Globes. Eric Balfour was a member of her band, "Blessed Soul", in the '90s. Attended the following schools: Verne Fowler School of Dance, Colonia, New Jersey; Herbert Hoover School, Edison, New Jersey; Valley Professional School, Los Angeles, California; John Burroughs High School, Los Angeles, California. One of her first jobs was for a commercial for Skittles. Sang in the opening act at the 2002 MTV Movie awards. Wore her own dress and red lipstick to the premiere of Clueless (1995) because she didn't know about stylists. Was half Italian (from her paternal side), a quarter Irish, and a quarter Eastern European (both from her maternal side). Former girlfriend of Ashton Kutcher Was a huge fan of Tears for Fears and stars in their new video "Closest Thing to Heaven". Named #8 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list. Engaged to Joe Macaluso over Christmas, 2005. Sings on Paul Oakenfold's hit single "Faster Kill Pussycat" [Highest UK chart position no. 7, June 2006]. In May of 2006, her single "Faster Kill Pussycat" with Paul Oakenfold reached Number 7 in the UK singles chart. Brittany and Joe Macaluso broke off their engagement [August 22, 2006]. Born Brittany Bertolotti to Irish-American and Eastern European Sharon Murphy and Italian-American mobster Angelo Bertolotti. When her parents split, Brittany changed her name from her father's "Bertolotti" to her mother's "Murphy.", and added as middle name "Anne". Despite appearing in all three of the major stories in Sin City (2005), all of her scenes were filmed in one day. Married screenwriter Simon Monjack in a private Jewish ceremony (May 2007). An only child. Father Angelo Bertolotti served some time in prison for his ties to the mafia. Was estranged from her father. They hadn't seen each other since 2006 when she dies in December 2009. Died on December 20, 2009 after suffering cardiac arrest at her home in Los Angeles, California at age 32. Her collaborative international club hit with DJ Paul Oakenfold's Faster Kill Pussycat with was a huge hit world wide. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1, Billboard Hot Dance Airplay 2, UK Dance Chart 7, UK Indie Chart 13, UK Singles Chart 7, Ireland Singles Chart 17, New Zealand Top 40 19, Australia Singles Top 50 44. Was nominated for her club hit collaboration with DJ Paul Okenfold's Faster Kill Pussycat at the 22nd annual International Dance Music Awards for Best Underground Dance Track. Personal Quotes [On seeing her Girl, Interrupted (1999) character on screen] I always envisioned her looking like a spindly blonde, but she looked like me. I don't read the script a zillion times, I don't like to analyze things and my mind can go there very easily. I think they should take everyone who works for The National Enquirer and the Star, and everyone who works for Us Weekly, and put them all to work looking for terrorists. I think they would find the terrorists. All of them. It would be genius! I've always seen myself as one of those 'show people.' My earliest memories are wanting and needing to entertain people, like a gypsy traveler who goes from place to place, city to city, performing for audiences and reaching people.

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Birth Name

Brittany Anne Bertolotti

Birth Place

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Birth Date

11/10/1977

Death Date

12/20/2009
Known For
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Just Married

Sarah

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Don't Say a Word

Elisabeth Burrows

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Clueless

Tai

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Uptown Girls

Molly Gunn

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Little Black Book

Stacy

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Girl, Interrupted

Daisy

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Love and Other Disasters

Emily Jackson-Jacks

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Spun

Nikki

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Abandoned

Mary Walsh

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Deadline

Alice

Starring In
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Las Paredes Hablan

Rivkah

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Something wicked

Susan

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Abandoned

Mary Walsh

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Across the Hall

June

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Megafault

Dr. Amy Lane

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Deadline

Alice

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Tribute

Cilla McGowan

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The Ramen Girl

Abby

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Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs

Colleen O'Hallahan (voice)

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The Dead Girl

Krista

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Happy Feet

Gloria (voice)

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Love and Other Disasters

Emily Jackson-Jacks

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Amor y otros desastres

Emily 'Jacks' Jackson

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The Groomsmen

Sue

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Neverwas

Maggie Paige

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Sin City

Shellie

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I'm Still Here

Anonymous girl / Elsa Binder (voice)

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Little Black Book

Stacy

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tracy Morgan

Queen Bleebora of Zorgon (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Good Boy!

Nelly (voice)

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Uptown Girls

Molly Gunn

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Just Married

Sarah

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Spun

Nikki

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8 Mile

Alex

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Riding in Cars with Boys

Fay Forrester

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Summer Catch

Dede Mulligan

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Don't Say a Word

Elisabeth Burrows

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Sidewalks of New York

Ashley

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Cherry Falls

Jody Marken

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Common Ground

Dorothy Nelson

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Trixie

Ruby Pearli

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Girl, Interrupted

Daisy

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Drop Dead Gorgeous

Lisa Swenson

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The Devil's Arithmetic

Rivkah

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Bong Water

Mary

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The Prophecy II

Izzy

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Phoenix

Veronica

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Falling Sky

Emily Nicholson

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David and Lisa

Lisa

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Drive

Deliverance Bodine

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Freeway

Rhonda

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Double Jeopardy

Julia Neuland

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Clueless

Tai

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Family Prayers

Elise

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