Student Work – Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

by David Laus

Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack, known professionally as Brittany Murphy, died on at the age of 32 from complications of pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication in her house in Los Angeles. Brittany Murphy was famous for her acting in famous films such as Clueless, Girl, Interrupted, Nikki, Spun, 8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Sin City, Happy Feet, and Riding in Cars with Boys. Mrs. Murphy leaves behind a husband, Simon Monjack, and her mother Sharon Kathleen Murphy, two older half-brothers, Jeff and Tony Bertolotti, and a younger half-sister, Pia Bertolotti.

She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10, 1977 to parents, Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Bertolotti. She was raised by her mother in Edison, New Jersey, and would later move to Los Angeles so she could pursue an acting career. At the age of 14, Murphy landed her first job in Hollywood starring as Brenda Drexell in the series Drexell’s Class. After the success of Drexell’s Class, Murphy moved on to guest star in many popular shows such as Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Blossom and Frasier. In 1995 Murphy landed the career launching role of Tai Fraiser in Clueless. Her role in this successful movie would open opportunities for her to work in films such as Girl, Interrupted, Nikki, Spun, 8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Sin City, and Happy Feet. In May of 2007, Murphy married Simon Monjack, a British screenwriter, in a private Jewish ceremony in Los Angeles. They first met on a photo shoot when Murphy was 13 years old and Monjack was 21 years old. Brittany Murphy left a will before her death, and within that will she leaves her mother, Sharon Kathleen Murphy, as the sole-benefactor to her estate. Her husband, Simon Monjack, is not believed to have been left as a beneficiary to Murphy’s estate as the will was executed before Murphy met her husband and it is not known yet if the will was amended to include her husband Simon Monjack as a beneficiary to her estate.


·         Brittany Murphy leaves estate to mom Sharon Murphy; hubby Simon Monjack may not be in will by Issie Lapowsky

·         Brittany Murphy death: Was husband Simon Monjack left out of her will? By Chris Parry, Vancouver Sun December 22, 2009


·         ‘Clueless’ actress Brittany Murphy dies after collapsing in shower; death ‘appears to be natural’ by Nancy Dillon In Los Angeles and Meredith Kolodner


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