Monday, December 21, 2009

Brittany Murphy, R.I.P.

I didn't follow Brittany Murphy's career. I mostly knew of her from Clueless where she was very good and from the TV series King of The Hills where she voiced one of the animated actors. I liked her looks. There was real sweetness there. But there was always an air of agitation the few times I saw her interviewed. She seemed scared. The internet is 24/7 with pieces about her. The Wrap's Steve Mikulan had the only sensible things to say.

Brittany Murphy’s Law: The Grim Fame of Death

By Steven Mikulan
Published: December 21, 2009

It’s not as though Brittany Murphy changed the face of Hollywood or the way we look at movies.

She was certainly known to a large demographic of moviegoer who saw “Clueless” or “8 Mile” on a college date, and certainly to fans of “King of the Hill” who knew her as the voice of Luanne.

But most people at today’s multiplex couldn’t pick her out of a lineup of other troubled blondes who are no longer young yet nowhere near mature, and whose acting careers are more often charted by gossip columns than by reviews.


At this moment Murphy is lying in a cold room on Mission Road awaiting to be taken apart by the coroner’s office. So far the only word from assistant chief coroner Ed Winter is that there was no sign of trauma on Murphy’s body and, therefore, there are no plans to issue a preliminary report on the autopsy that will take between four and six weeks to complete.


When they put her back together again, the coroner’s people may have a better idea of what led to Murphy’s reported cardiac arrest, but they will have no understanding of what brought her to the point in her life where she was unable to focus on film shoots.

That will require another kind of dissection. For now Brittany Murphy is getting the kind of fame that only comes with being dead at age 32.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Horrible. She looked so thin in recent pictures. Drugs or anorexia? Do we even want to know? I thought she was wonderful in EIGHT MILE.

Peter L. Winkler said...

She's playing her last and greatest role: the object of tabloid speculation.

Todd Mason said...

Anorexia seems more likely than not a contributing factor. She was a good actor, and it's a pity that she's now probably another argument for getting help for anorectics sooner rather than later.