EXPIRED: 12/20/09 – Brittany Murphy, 32 had a whirl-wind Hollywood career: acting, singing, high profile relationships, temper tantrums, eating disorders.

Even a mobster father.

Now she has the classic ‘die young – stay pretty’ thing going…

She landed her first gig when she was 14, starring as the lead, Brenda Drexell, in the TV series Drexell’s Class. She followed that with the flop, Almost Home, a spin off of the flop, The Torkelsons. Struggling, she messed about with guest spots on Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Blossom, Frasier, Sister, Sister, Party of Five, and Boy Meets World.

It was then when she turned to movies and finally got noticed.

Her breakout role was as Tai in 1995’s Clueless, followed by Daisy Randone in 1999’s Girl Interrupted and Alex, opposite Eminem in 2002’s 8 Mile.

In 1997, she also began voicing the character of Luanne Platter on the long-running animated series King of the Hill.

Other movie roles include  Don’t Say a Word (2001), The Devil’s Arithmetic (2001), Just Married (2002), Sidewalks of New York (2002), Uptown Girls (2003),  Spun (2003), Little Black Book (2004),  Sin City (2005) and  The Groomsmen (2006).

Murphy also dabbled in music, teaming up with Paul Oakenfold in 2006 and releasing the single “Faster Kill Pussycat,”  from the album A Lively Mind, which became a dance club hit. She also covered Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland.”

Murphy has been romantically linked to Ashton Kutcher, her co-star in Just Married and was also engaged to talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz. But she married Simon Monjack, screenwriter of the Warhol saga, Factory Girl, in 2007.

According to reports, three weeks ago Murphy was fired from an upcoming film that was shooting in Puerto Rico for being difficult on set and a detriment to production. Supposedly she and her husband got into a fight with soem locals at the San Juan airport and when they arrived in LAX airport, Monjack was “incoherent” and had to be hospitalized with what was thought to be an asthma attack, but evidently was more serious.

Earlier today Murphy died in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest at Monjack’s home..

It’s a shame.



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