Brittany Murphy broke out in a big way with her scene-stealing turn in Clueless – her second credited acting performance, but her first real speaking part. She had real screen presence and it felt like she was at the beginning of what would be a long, interesting career. Tragically, Murphy died only 14 years after her big break, with her cause of death officially listed as pneumonia, at the way-too-young age of 32. Murphy’s sudden, premature death led to several different conspiracy theories that have unfortunately overshadowed her life and career. Now, a two-part HBO Max documentary will explore Murphy’s life – and will also attempt to tackle the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death.
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Posted on Sunday, December 20th, 2009 by David Chen
TMZ is reporting that actress Brittany Murphy died this morning after going into full cardiac arrest. She was 32 years old. [Update: KTLA in Los Angeles has confirmed Murphy’s death with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.]
Murphy rose to fame when she appeared in Amy Heckerling’s Clueless way back in 1995. More recently, she’s appeared in films such as Sin City, Little Black Book, and Uptown Girls. I can’t say I’m deeply familiar with her entire filmography, but I’ve consistently been impressed with the quality of her work. In recent days, I enjoyed her voice work in Futurama and she held her own opposite Eminem in 8 Mile. She was also the best part of Don’t Say a Word.
Murphy struck me as immensely talented, and an actress who never quite got the recognition that she deserved. Her death at such a young age is incredibly saddening. More details of the circumstances surrounding her death will likely emerge later, but in the meantime, feel free to look over her filmography and leave fond remembrances in the comments below.