Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Infobox actor
name = Brittany Murphy

caption = Murphy at the December 2006 Australian premiere of "Happy Feet"
birthname = Brittany Bertolotti [ [ Rotten Tomatoes Bio, Brittany Murphy] ]
birthdate = November 10, 1977 (Age 30)
birthplace = Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
occupation = actress, recording artist

Brittany Anne Murphy (born Brittany Bertolotti on November 10, 1977) is an American actress and recording artist. She has starred in Hollywood films such as "Just Married"; "Clueless"; "Girl, Interrupted"; "8 Mile"; "Sin City"; "The Dead Girl"; "Uptown Girls"; "Happy Feet" and "Riding in Cars with Boys".


Early life

Murphy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Sharon Murphy, who is of Irish and Eastern European descent, and Angelo Bertolotti, an Italian American. [ [ The Fabulous Brittany Murphy Fan Page - Mr Show Biz ] ] [ [ Brittany Murphy - News ] ] [ [ Irish People and Ireland - Irish news, events in Ireland, Irish culture, genealogy, music, Ireland travel ] ] [ [ Brittany Murphy - Interview | Interview | Find Articles at ] ] Murphy's parents divorced shortly after her birth, and she was raised in Edison, New Jersey, [Rochlin, Margy. [ "Film; A Young Trouper Who Plays Crazy as Well as Sexy"] , "The New York Times", September 30, 2001. Accessed November 15, 2007. "By the time she was 8, Ms. Murphy realized that to reach a nationwide audience, she'd first have to get a head shot, hire a manager, then cajole her mother, Sharon Murphy, into driving her into Manhattan for auditions from their Edison, N.J., home."] and Burbank, California, by her single, working-class mother; she has had little contact with her father since the divorce. Murphy was raised a Baptist and attended a Lutheran school, but is now a non-denominational practicing Christian. [ [] "" ] [ [ Latino Review ] ]

When she was nine years old, Murphy landed a singing role in a musical version of "Les Misérables", and had signed on with a manager by the time she turned thirteen. Her mother, Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer when Brittany was 15. She survived after having a double mastectomy. [ [ Legacy of Strength] by]


Murphy landed her first job in Hollywood when she was fourteen, starring as Brenda Drexell in the television series "Drexell's Class". She then went on to play Molly Morgan in the short lived "The Torkelsons" spinoff "Almost Home". In the "Frasier" episode "Give Him The Chair", she played a school child in a play of "10 Little Indians" who cannot remember her lines. She also had a small role in Season 3 of "Boy Meets World" as Topanga's best friend Trini. She was also the lead singer of the band "Blessed With Soul" in the early 1990s, and was at one time signed on to play late singer Janis Joplin in a biography, but the film was not made because of legal disputes over music rights.Murphy has since starred in many successful films, including "Clueless" (1995), "Girl, Interrupted" (1999), "Don't Say a Word" (2001), "8 Mile" (2002) and "Uptown Girls" (2003) as well as many lesser known films, such as "Spun" (2003). She has also appeared on several television series including "Sister, Sister" and as the voice of Luanne Platter (as well as the younger version of Joseph Gribble) on the long-running animated series "King of the Hill".

In 2001, Murphy cameoed in the music video for Wheatus' single "A Little Respect" [ [ "A Little Respect"] Music video on You Tube]

She most recently appeared in the films "Little Black Book" (2004), which was considered a critical and commercial failure, and the critically acclaimed "Sin City" (2005). Also in 2005, she appeared in the promo video for Tears for Fears' comeback single Closest Thing To Heaven, and in August 2005, Brittany co-presented UK music show alongside Holly Willoughby.

Murphy is also filming five other films. She will star in "The Ramen Girl". "The Other Side", and "The White Hotel". She is reprising her role as Shellie in "Sin City 2".


In the Spring of 2006, Paul Oakenfold along with Brittany Murphy released the single "Faster Kill Pussycat", with the album "A Lively Mind" which was released on June 6 in the United States. The song has become a club hit, and hit number one on "Billboard magazine's" Hot Dance Club Play chart. It also hit number seven in the UK singles chart in June 2006. She dabbled in music again with the release of her movie "Happy Feet", in which she covered Queen's classic "Somebody to Love" and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland".

Brittany is currently working on her debut album, which is inspired by synth-pop sound. She is working with various producers and DJs including with Paul Oakenfold, Chris Cox, Max Martin and Timbaland.The album will be released in 2009.

Personal life

Actor Jonathan Brandis was Murphy's high school prom date. She dated Ashton Kutcher, who was her co-star in Just Married. Once engaged to talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz, [ [ J.Lo's Manager Jeff Kwatinetz Gets Fired ] ] in December 2005, Murphy became engaged to Joe Macaluso, a production assistant she met while working on her film, "Little Black Book". In August 2006, they ended their engagement. In May 2007, Murphy married screenwriter Simon Monjack in a private Jewish ceremony officiated by a rabbi. [ [,,20037875,00.html Brittany Murphy Marries Writer-Director - Weddings, Brittany Murphy : ] ] . A month before the wedding, Monjack had been arrested and was facing deportation due to visa expiration.

During 2005, Murphy was the spokesmodel for Jordache jeans.

In 2006, Brittany Murphy was voted 36th in "FHM"'s 100 Sexiest Women List, 29th in Celebrity Sleuth's 25 Sexiest List and in May of the same year, "Maxim" magazine named Murphy #49 on its annual Hot 100 List.


ee also

*List of number-one dance hits (United States)
*List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart


External links

*imdb name|id=0005261|name=Brittany Murphy
*ymovies name|1800018897
*tvtome person|id=1711|name=Brittany Murphy

NAME= Murphy, Brittany
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Bertolotti, Brittany Anne
SHORT DESCRIPTION= actress, recording artist
DATE OF BIRTH= 1977-11-10
PLACE OF BIRTH= Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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