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Brittany Murphy

Highest Rated:   81% Clueless (1995)
Lowest Rated:   8% Summer Catch (2001)
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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 Kutc

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Abby
  • Producer
2008
75% The Dead Girl
  • Krista
2006
75% Happy Feet
  • Gloria
$197.8M 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
78% Sin City
  • Shellie
2005
21% Little Black Book
  • Stacy
$20.5M 2004
44% Good Boy!
  • Nelly
$37.6M 2003
14% Uptown Girls
  • Molly Gunn
$37.0M 2003
37% Spun
  • Nikki
$0.3M 2003
20% Just Married
  • Sarah McNerney
$56.0M 2003
76% 8 Mile
  • Alex
$116.7M 2002
No Score Yet Drive
  • Deliverance Bodine
2002
57% 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
50% Cherry Falls
  • Jody Marken
2000
27% Trixie
  • Ruby Pearli
2000
No Score Yet Common Ground
  • Dorothy Nelson
2000
54% Girl, Interrupted
  • Daisy
1999
44% 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
76% Freeway
  • Rhonda
1996
81% Clueless
  • Tai
1995
No Score Yet The Prophecy 2: Ashtown
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
  • 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Olsen
  • 1994

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