Brittany Murphy

Was an American actress and singer. Born in New Jersey, Murphy moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14 with her mother Sharon, in the hopes of landing acting roles. She quickly landed spots in commercials and guest starring roles on television, and appeared as a series regular on two short-lived family sitcoms, Drexell's Class and Almost Home. But it wasn't until 1995 that Murphy became something of a household name, winning the role of the "tragically unhip" new girl Tai in the era-defining teen classic Clueless. Following the film's breakout success, Murphy embarked on a string of scene-stealing character roles, as quirky head-cases in films like Drop Dead Gorgeous and Riding in Cars with Boys, or as mentally disturbed young women in films including Freeway and the Oscar-winning drama Girl, Interrupted. She also nabbed a lucrative starring role in the long-running animated comedy King of the Hill, which ran from 1997 to 2010. In 2001, Murphy broke out as a leading lady with a memorable role in the Michael Douglas thriller Don't Say a Word, before bagging the female lead in the critically-acclaimed box office smash 8 Mile. Soon after, Murphy grew in-demand as a comedy star, appearing alongside Ashton Kutcher in Just Married, and headlining comedies Uptown Girls and Little Black Book. She also stole scenes in Robert Rodriguez's comic book adaptation Sin City, and supplied the voice for singing penguin Gloria in Happy Feet. She also set in motion a singing career of her own ...

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Drive (1997)

A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander, and the two of them elude their pursuers narrowly each time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Wang
CAST:  Mark Dacascos  •  Kadeem Hardison  •  John Pyper-Ferguson  •  Brittany Murphy

A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander, and the two of them elude their pursuers narrowly each time.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Wang
CAST:  Mark Dacascos  •  Kadeem Hardison  •  John Pyper-Ferguson  •  Brittany Murphy

8 Mile (2002)

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The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Eminem  •  Mekhi Phifer  •  Kim Basinger  •  Brittany Murphy

The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Eminem  •  Mekhi Phifer  •  Kim Basinger  •  Brittany Murphy

Cherry Falls (2000)

Cherry Falls is a quiet little town - until the night that a serial killer begins preying on its youth. After a third teen is found slain, the killer's modus operandi emerges: the victims were all virgins. Sheriff Marken is concerned for the safety of the teens in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoffrey Wright
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Jay Mohr  •  Michael Biehn  •  Jesse Bradford

Cherry Falls is a quiet little town - until the night that a serial killer begins preying on its youth. After a third teen is found slain, the killer's modus operandi emerges: the victims were all virgins. Sheriff Marken is concerned for the safety of the teens in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoffrey Wright
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Jay Mohr  •  Michael Biehn  •  Jesse Bradford

Clueless (1995)

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Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Heckerling
CAST:  Alicia Silverstone  •  Stacey Dash  •  Brittany Murphy  •  Paul Rudd

Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Heckerling
CAST:  Alicia Silverstone  •  Stacey Dash  •  Brittany Murphy  •  Paul Rudd

Common Ground (2000)

This movie contains three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy", a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "Mr. Roberts", a teacher in a 1970's classroom struggles with his closeted gay status. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donna Deitch
CAST:  Jonathan Taylor Thomas  •  Brittany Murphy  •  Margot Kidder  •  Mimi Rogers

This movie contains three short stories dealing with the theme of homosexuality. In "A Friend of Dorothy", a woman joins the Navy during the 1950's and discovers lesbianism. In "Mr. Roberts", a teacher in a 1970's classroom struggles with his closeted gay status. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donna Deitch
CAST:  Jonathan Taylor Thomas  •  Brittany Murphy  •  Margot Kidder  •  Mimi Rogers

Don't Say a Word (2001)

When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret..  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Fleder
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Sean Bean  •  Brittany Murphy  •  Skye McCole Bartusiak

When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret..  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Fleder
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Sean Bean  •  Brittany Murphy  •  Skye McCole Bartusiak

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps; explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Patrick Jann
CAST:  Kirsten Dunst  •  Ellen Barkin  •  Allison Janney  •  Denise Richards

In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps; explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Patrick Jann
CAST:  Kirsten Dunst  •  Ellen Barkin  •  Allison Janney  •  Denise Richards

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line between normal and crazy. Susanna soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Mangold
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Vanessa Redgrave

Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line between normal and crazy. Susanna soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Mangold
CAST:  Winona Ryder  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Vanessa Redgrave

Happy Feet (2006)

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Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Miller
CAST:  Lombardo Boyar  •  Robin Williams  •  Johnny A. Sanchez  •  Carlos Alazraqui

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Miller
CAST:  Lombardo Boyar  •  Robin Williams  •  Johnny A. Sanchez  •  Carlos Alazraqui

Just Married (2003)

Tom Leezak and Sarah McNerney fall in love and plan to get married, despite opposition from Sarah's uptight, rich family. When they do get married, and get a chance to prove Sarah's family wrong, they go on a European honeymoon and run into disaster after disaster. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shawn Levy
CAST:  Ashton Kutcher  •  Brittany Murphy  •  Christian Kane  •  David Moscow

Tom Leezak and Sarah McNerney fall in love and plan to get married, despite opposition from Sarah's uptight, rich family. When they do get married, and get a chance to prove Sarah's family wrong, they go on a European honeymoon and run into disaster after disaster. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shawn Levy
CAST:  Ashton Kutcher  •  Brittany Murphy  •  Christian Kane  •  David Moscow

Little Black Book (2004)

Determined to learn about her boyfriend's past relationships, Stacy -- who works for a talk show -- becomes a bona fide snoop. With her colleague, Barb, Stacy gets the names of Derek's ex-lovers and interviews them, supposedly for an upcoming show. But what she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hurran
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Holly Hunter  •  Kathy Bates  •  Ron Livingston

Determined to learn about her boyfriend's past relationships, Stacy -- who works for a talk show -- becomes a bona fide snoop. With her colleague, Barb, Stacy gets the names of Derek's ex-lovers and interviews them, supposedly for an upcoming show. But what she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hurran
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Holly Hunter  •  Kathy Bates  •  Ron Livingston

Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penny Marshall
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  Steve Zahn  •  Adam Garcia  •  Brittany Murphy

A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penny Marshall
CAST:  Drew Barrymore  •  Steve Zahn  •  Adam Garcia  •  Brittany Murphy

Sin City (2005)

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Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust after redemption, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Miller  •  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Clive Owen  •  Jessica Alba

Welcome to Sin City. This town beckons to the tough, the corrupt, the brokenhearted. Some call it dark… Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home — Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust after redemption, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Miller  •  Robert Rodriguez
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Clive Owen  •  Jessica Alba

Spun (2002)

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Over the course of three days Ross, a college dropout addicted to crystal-meth, encounters a variety of oddball folks - including a stripper named Nikki and her boyfriend, the local meth producer, The Cook - but all he really wants to do is hook up with his old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Åkerlund
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Brittany Murphy  •  John Leguizamo

Over the course of three days Ross, a college dropout addicted to crystal-meth, encounters a variety of oddball folks - including a stripper named Nikki and her boyfriend, the local meth producer, The Cook - but all he really wants to do is hook up with his old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonas Åkerlund
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Brittany Murphy  •  John Leguizamo

The Groomsmen (2006)

A groom (Ed Burns) and his four attendants wrestle with issues related to friendship and maturity a week before the big day.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Burns
CAST:  Edward Burns  •  Heather Burns  •  John Leguizamo  •  Brittany Murphy

A groom (Ed Burns) and his four attendants wrestle with issues related to friendship and maturity a week before the big day.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Burns
CAST:  Edward Burns  •  Heather Burns  •  John Leguizamo  •  Brittany Murphy

Uptown Girls (2003)

Molly Gunn, the freewheeling daughter of a deceased rock legend, is forced to get a job when her manager steals her money. As nanny for precocious Ray, the oft ignored daughter of a music executive she learns what it means to be an adult while teaching Ray how to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Boaz Yakin
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Dakota Fanning  •  Marley Shelton  •  Donald Faison

Molly Gunn, the freewheeling daughter of a deceased rock legend, is forced to get a job when her manager steals her money. As nanny for precocious Ray, the oft ignored daughter of a music executive she learns what it means to be an adult while teaching Ray how to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Boaz Yakin
CAST:  Brittany Murphy  •  Dakota Fanning  •  Marley Shelton  •  Donald Faison

Good Boy! (2003)

An intergalactic dog pilot from Sirius (the dog star), visits Earth to verify the rumors that dogs have failed to take over the planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Robert Hoffman
CAST:  Molly Shannon  •  Liam Aiken  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Donald Faison

An intergalactic dog pilot from Sirius (the dog star), visits Earth to verify the rumors that dogs have failed to take over the planet.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Robert Hoffman
CAST:  Molly Shannon  •  Liam Aiken  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Donald Faison

Freeway (1996)

Following the arrest of her mother, Ramona, young Vanessa Lutz decides to go in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is given a ride by school counselor Bob Wolverton. During the journey, Lutz begins to realize that Bob is the notorious I-5 Killer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Bright
CAST:  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Wolfgang Bodison  •  Dan Hedaya

Following the arrest of her mother, Ramona, young Vanessa Lutz decides to go in search of her estranged grandmother. On the way, she is given a ride by school counselor Bob Wolverton. During the journey, Lutz begins to realize that Bob is the notorious I-5 Killer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Bright
CAST:  Kiefer Sutherland  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Wolfgang Bodison  •  Dan Hedaya

Bongwater (1998)

David is an artist and a pothead. He's fallen in love with the beautiful and sexy Serena, and things are going simply splendidly until poor David's house burns down. Serena doesn't need the bad vibes, so she splits the scene and runs off to New York with rocker and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Sears
CAST:  Luke Wilson  •  Jack Black  •  Andy Dick  •  Brittany Murphy

David is an artist and a pothead. He's fallen in love with the beautiful and sexy Serena, and things are going simply splendidly until poor David's house burns down. Serena doesn't need the bad vibes, so she splits the scene and runs off to New York with rocker and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Sears
CAST:  Luke Wilson  •  Jack Black  •  Andy Dick  •  Brittany Murphy

Trixie (2000)

Passed over at work and numbed after she witnesses a colleague's murder, security guard Trixie Zurbo takes a relatively easy job at a lakefront casino, working undercover keeping an eye out for pickpockets. Trixie meets an assortment of colorful regulars: Kirk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Rudolph
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Nick Nolte  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Nathan Lane

Passed over at work and numbed after she witnesses a colleague's murder, security guard Trixie Zurbo takes a relatively easy job at a lakefront casino, working undercover keeping an eye out for pickpockets. Trixie meets an assortment of colorful regulars: Kirk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Rudolph
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Nick Nolte  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Nathan Lane
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