Brittany Murphy Biography
Birth Name - Brittany Anne Murphy
Date of Birth - November 10, 1977
Date of Death - December 20, 2009
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Nickname - Britt
Height - 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Brittany Murphy photo gallery
Perhaps it was being born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Edison, New Jersey that bestowed Brittany Murphy with the adaptability that has allowed her to conquer a fairly prodigious amount of projects for her 25 years. 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 has gone 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 25 screen appearances since her Clueless (1995) breakthrough, Brittany has lean 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. She now resides in Los Angeles, where she lives with her mother.
Trade Mark - Specialized in performing as a mentally disturbed girl or a troubled teenager.
More Interesting Information for Brittany Murphy
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.
During the filming of Girl, Interrupted (1999), the filmakers had to reshoot the scene in which Winona Ryder finds her after she commits suicide, because Winona was too good and Brittany couldn't help crying.
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 is Jazz, especially Cole Porter. She also likes 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.
Is half Italian (from her paternal side), a quarter Irish, and a quarter Eastern European (both from her maternal side).
Former girlfriend of Ashton Kutcher
She's 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.
Personal quotes from Brittany Murphy
[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."
"Home is where my mom is."
Brittany Murphy Filmography
Sin City 2 (2008) .... Shellie
Tinkerbell (2008) (V) (voice) .... Tinker Bell
The White Hotel (2007)
The Other Side (2007) .... Max Mackenzie
The Ramen Girl (2007) .... Abby
Happy Feet (2006) (voice) .... Gloria
The Dead Girl (2006) .... Krista
Love and Other Disasters (2006) .... Emily 'Jacks' Jackson
... aka Love (et ses petits désastres) (France)
The Groomsmen (2006) .... Sue
"King of the Hill" .... Luanne Platter / ... (73 episodes, 1997-2006)
- Edu-macating Lucky (2006) TV Episode (voice) .... Luanne Platter/Joseph Gribble
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Luanne Platter/Joseph Gribble
- Redcorn Gambles with His Future (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Luanne Platter/Joseph Gribble
- Arlen City Bomber (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Luanne Platter/Joseph Gribble
- Care-Takin' Care of Business (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Luanne Platter/Joseph Gribble
Neverwas (2005) .... Ally
Sin City (2005) .... Shellie
... aka Frank Miller's Sin City (USA: complete title)
Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (2005) (VG) (voice) .... Karen Light
... aka Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (USA: complete title)
Little Black Book (2004) .... Stacy
Good Boy! (2003) (voice) .... Nelly
Uptown Girls (2003) .... Molly Gunn
Just Married (2003) .... Sarah McNerney
... aka Voll verheiratet (Germany)
8 Mile (2002) .... Alex
... aka 8 Mile (Germany)
Spun (2002) .... Nikki
Something in Between (2002) .... Sky
Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) .... Fay Forrester
Don't Say a Word (2001) .... Elisabeth Burrows
Summer Catch (2001) .... Dede Mulligan
Sidewalks of New York (2001) .... Ashley
The Audition (2000) .... Daniella
Cherry Falls (2000) .... Jody Marken
Angels! (2000) .... Nurse Bellows
Trixie (2000) .... Ruby Pearli
Common Ground (2000) (TV) .... Dorothy Nelson
Girl, Interrupted (1999) .... Daisy Randone
... aka Durchgeknallt (Germany)
... aka Durchgeknallt - Girl, interrupted (Germany: TV title)
"Pepper Ann" .... Tank the 8th grader (3 episodes, 1999)
... aka Disney's Pepper Ann
- One of the Guys (1999) TV Episode (voice) .... Tank the 8th grader
- The Finale (????) TV Episode (voice) .... Tank the 8th grader
- Unhappy Campers (????) TV Episode (voice) .... Tank the 8th grader
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) .... Lisa Swenson
... aka Gnadenlos schön (Germany)
The Devil's Arithmetic (1999) (TV) .... Rivkah
David and Lisa (1998) (TV) .... Lisa
... aka Oprah Winfrey Presents: David and Lisa (USA: complete title)
Zack and Reba (1998) .... Reba Simpson
Phoenix (1998) .... Veronica
The Prophecy II (1998) (V) .... Izzy
... aka God's Army II (Europe: English title)
Falling Sky (1998) .... Emily Nicholson
Drive (1997) .... Deliverance Bodine
Bongwater (1997) .... Mary
"Clueless" .... Jasmine (1 episode, 1996)
- Driving Me Crazy (1996) TV Episode .... Jasmine
"Nash Bridges" .... Carrie (1 episode, 1996)
... aka Bridges
- Night Train (1996) TV Episode .... Carrie
Double Jeopardy (1996) (TV) .... Julia
... aka Victim of the Night (USA: cable TV title)
Freeway (1996) .... Rhonda
"SeaQuest DSV" .... Christine VanCamp (1 episode, 1995)
... aka SeaQuest 2032 (USA: new title)
- Second Chance (1995) TV Episode .... Christine VanCamp
"The Marshal" .... Lizzie Roth (1 episode, 1995)
- These Foolish Things (1995) TV Episode .... Lizzie Roth
"Boy Meets World" .... Trini (2 episodes, 1995)
- The Last Temptation of Cory (1995) TV Episode .... Trini
- My Best Friend's Girl (1995) TV Episode .... Trini
"Murder One" .... Diane 'Dee-Dee' Carson (1 episode, 1995)
- Chapter Nine (1995) TV Episode .... Diane 'Dee-Dee' Carson
Clueless (1995) .... Tai
"Sister, Sister" .... Sarah (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
- Smoking in the Girls' Room (1995) TV Episode .... Sarah
- The Concert (1994) TV Episode .... Sarah
- The Birthday (1994) TV Episode .... Sarah
- Cheater, Cheater (1994) TV Episode .... Sarah
- Slumber Party (1994) TV Episode .... Sarah
"Party of Five" .... Abby (2 episodes, 1994)
- Good Sports (1994) TV Episode .... Abby
- Homework (1994) TV Episode .... Abby
"Frasier" .... Olsen (1 episode, 1994)
- Give Him the Chair! (1994) TV Episode .... Olsen
"Blossom" .... Wendy (4 episodes, 1993)
- Blossom in Paris: Part 1 (1993) TV Episode .... Wendy
- Blossom in Paris: Part 2 (1993) TV Episode .... Wendy
- Blossom in Paris: Part 3 (1993) TV Episode .... Wendy
- Blossom in Paris: Part 4 (1993) TV Episode .... Wendy
Family Prayers (1993) .... Elise
... aka A Family Divided
"Almost Home" (1993) TV Series .... Molly Morgan (unknown episodes)
... aka The Torkelsons: Almost Home
"Parker Lewis Can't Lose" .... Angie (1 episode, 1992)
... aka Parker Lewis (USA: new title)
- The Kiss (1992) TV Episode .... Angie
"Kids Incorporated" .... Celeste (1 episode, 1992)
... aka Kids Inc. (USA: short title)
- Lay Off (1992) TV Episode .... Celeste
"Drexell's Class" (1991) TV Series .... Brenda Drexell (unknown episodes, 1991-1992)
"Murphy Brown" .... Frank's Sister (1 episode, 1991)
- On Another Plane: Part 1 (1991) TV Episode .... Frank's Sister