Brittany Murphy

Highest Rated: 79% Clueless (1995)
Lowest Rated: 8% Summer Catch (2001)
Birthday: Nov 10, 1977
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Brittany Murphy first came to the attention of film audiences as Tai, one of Alicia Silverstone's airhead friends, in the 1995 comedy Clueless. Though convincing as a dim-bulb character, Murphy cuts dramatically against this grain off-camera, as a ferociously intelligent and ambitious young performer who had acting in her blood from early childhood. As a teenager and young adult, she gave expression to the scope of her talent and versatility with a series of engaging film and television roles.Born in Atlanta on November 10, 1977, Murphy was raised by her single mother in Edison, New Jersey; she later indicated, in interviews, that her mom struggled financially - that they were forced to eat spaghetti night after night, and that on certain occasions, she had to beg her mother to buy clothes at KMart; this would later account for Murphy's marked social investment in homeless causes, as discussed in a February 2003 Glamour article.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 appearance at the age of twelve, on the sitcom Blossom. She also secured a supporting role as Brenda Drexell, the fourteen-year-old daughter of Dabney Coleman's fifth grade teacher Otis Drexell, on the (mercifully) short-lived 1991 FOX sitcom Drexell's Class. The following year, Murphy took her first cinematic bow in the dysfunctional family drama Family Prayers. Murphy's talent for portraying, dramatically, all degrees on the spectrum of behavioral dysfunction further came to light in three successive projects through 1999: the blackly comic Reese Witherspoon trailer trash odyssey Freeway (1996) (as a disfigured lesbian who befriends Witherspoon's Vanessa); a mental patient in Lloyd Kramer's made-for-TV David and Lisa (1998), and James Mangold's Girl, Interrupted (1999) (as yet another resident at a mental institution).Meanwhile, on a less ambitious (albeit more whimsical) note, Murphy also became a fixtureon King of the Hill, Mike Judge's long-running contemporary cartoon of suburban life in the southern U.S., as Luanne Platter, the hair stylist niece who comes to live with Hank Hill's family. Murphy kept a full plate as the millennium wrapped. In addition to her work for Mangold in 1999,she also explored the collective insanity of the beauty pageant world in Drop Dead Gorgeous, while on the small screen, she covered much darker thematic ground with the well-received Holocaust drama The Devil's Arithmetic (also 1999). In 2001, Murphy appeared in the Michael Douglas thriller Don't Say a Word, and alongside Drew Barrymore in Riding in Cars With Boys.Cast opposite Eminem in director Curtis Hanson's 2002 drama 8 Mile, Murphy performed compellingly as an aspiring rap star's unapologetic muse; in 2004, Murphy headlined Nick Hurran's thoroughly disappointing rom-com Little Black Book. She also made a splash in Robert Rodriguez's innovative graphic novel adaptation Sin City, as the arrogant waitress who becomes the prize in a heated rivalry between Benicio del Toro and Clive Owen. Murphy made appearances in four features in 2006. In Alex Keshishian's progressive romantic comedy Love and Other Disasters, she played a London-based American expatriate, employed at Vogue, who tries to fix up her gay roommate; in Ed Burns's sixth directorial outing, the Big Chill-like romantic comedy The Groomsmen, she played the expectant girlfriend of Burns's Paulie. She also portrayed a member of the ensemble in Karen Moncrieff's murder mystery The Dead Girl, about a group of seemingly disconnected individuals whose lives intersect as a girl's murderer comes to light, and one of the lead voices in George "Babe" Miller's Happy Feet, an animated penguin tale.Murphy's appearance alongside Ashton Kutcher in Just Married was - to some degree - a case of art imitating life: offscreen, Murphy and Kutcher began to dat

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Something Wicked Actor 2014
No Score Yet Deadline Alice 2012
33% Top Priority: The Terror Within Actor 2012
No Score Yet Abandoned Mary Walsh 2010
No Score Yet Across The Hall June 2009
No Score Yet Megafault Dr. Amy Lane 2009
No Score Yet Tribute Cilla McGowen 2009
No Score Yet The Ramen Girl Producer Abby 2008
75% The Dead Girl Krista 2006
76% Happy Feet Gloria $197.9M 2006
20% Love and Other Disasters Emily 'Jacks' Jackson 2006
52% The Groomsmen Sue 2006
14% Neverwas Maggie Blake 2005
No Score Yet I'm Still Here Actor 2005
77% Sin City Shellie 2005
22% Little Black Book Stacy $20.5M 2004
44% Good Boy! Nelly $37.6M 2003
13% Uptown Girls Molly Gunn $37M 2003
37% Spun Nikki $0.3M 2003
20% Just Married Sarah McNerney $56M 2003
75% 8 Mile Alex $116.7M 2002
No Score Yet Drive Deliverance Bodine 2002
56% Sidewalks of New York Ashley $2.2M 2001
49% Riding in Cars With Boys Farina Forrester $29.7M 2001
24% Don't Say a Word Elisabeth $54.3M 2001
8% Summer Catch Dede Mulligan $19.1M 2001
53% Cherry Falls Jody Marken 2000
28% Trixie Ruby Pearli 2000
No Score Yet Common Ground Dorothy Nelson 2000
54% Girl, Interrupted Daisy 1999
46% Drop Dead Gorgeous Lisa Swenson 1999
No Score Yet The Devil's Arithmetic Rivkah 1999
No Score Yet David y Lisa Lisa 1998
No Score Yet Zack and Reba Reba Simpson 1998
50% Phoenix Veronica 1998
No Score Yet Drive Actor 1998
17% Bongwater Mary 1998
33% The Prophecy II Izzy 1998
No Score Yet Falling Sky Emily Nicholson 1998
77% Freeway Rhonda 1996
79% Clueless Tai 1995
No Score Yet Family Prayers Elise 1992
No Score Yet The Prophecy 2: Ashtown Actor

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
95% Futurama
1999
Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
1993-2000
Trini
  • 1995
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Olsen
  • 1994
No Score Yet Party of Five
1994-2000
Abby
  • 1994
70% The Torkelsons
1991-1993
Molly Morgan
  • 1993
14% Drexell's Class
1991-1992
Brenda Drexell
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Frank's Sister
  • 1991
No Score Yet Almost Home
Molly Morgan

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