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Brittany Murphy

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Atlanta, Georgia (November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009)

Brittany Murphy (Born November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, died December 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, California) first came to the attention of film audiences when she starred as Tai in Amy Heckerling’s 1995 comedy Clueless. Murphy went on to prove herself in a wide array of television and film roles that gave expression to the depth and breadth of her talent.

Born in Atlanta on November 10, 1977, Murphy was raised by her mother in Edison, New Jersey. A precocious child who began putting on shows when she was a toddler, Murphy was acting in regional theatre productions by the age of nine. Work in various commercials followed, and in 1990 she landed her first television role, on the sitcom Blossom. She then went on to a lead on the short-lived sitcom Drexell’s Class in 1991, and the following year she made her film debut in the dysfunctional family drama Family Prayers. Murphy’s talent for portraying all sorts of dysfunction was further exhibited in such films as Clueless; the Reese Witherspoon trailer trash odyssey Freeway (1996); and the made-for-TV David and Lisa (1998). Murphy won particular acclaim for her work in the last film; the story of two emotionally troubled teens (Murphy and Lukas Haas) who reach out to each other allowed the actress to prove herself in a purely dramatic role. In 1999, Murphy could again be seen portraying an emotionally damaged character in Girl, Interrupted, in which she played a patient at a mental institution.

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