Monday, December 21, 2009

Brittany Murphy 1977-2009 R.I.P.

We at Jigsaw's Lair are very saddened to hear about the premature death of Brittany Murphy. She died of a heart attack at her home. She was just 32 years of age which is way too young for her to die..She is survived by her husband, Simon Monjack.

Well, most people will know her from her roles in Clueless(1995), Sin City(2005) and 8 Mile(2002). She was a quirky kind of person who often played off beat characters and she had a distinctive voice. She was the voice of Luanne Platter in the brilliant series King of The Hill. I knew her from Clueless of course because it was her breakout role and she played the rough around the edges girl who is taken in by the stylish crowd in high school and changed into one of them. She was also in Just Married(2003) with her ex-boyfriend Aston Kutcher. She also starred in Uptown Girls(2003), Little Black Book(2004), Deadline(2009) and Across The Hall(2009).

Some of her movies might not have been Oscar contenders but she played characters well and she was an up and coming star. She had a part in Stallone's The Expendables so I wonder what will happen with that now. She has a few more movies in production too so we will see what happens. It is rumoured that she had some problems with drugs and that she was too thin. You can never really know in Hollywood. Actresses are under a lot of pressure to look a certain way and I guess it can endanger their lives. But, we don't really know for certain what circumstances directly contributed to her death so there is no point speculating.

She was a young woman who should not have died so young. She seemed like a happy person and the tributes to her from her friends etc all say that she was a bright and sunny person. For this to happen is a tragedy and it brings to mind other young actors whose lives were cut short. River Phoenix and Heath Ledger are just two that come to mind. It seems Hollywood has claimed another victim. May she rest in peace and we send our best wishes to her family..


Sci-Fi Gene said...

This is extremely sad news.

In addition to all the films you mentioned, which include some really striking performances by Brittany, she was also in the recently released Asylum DVD "Megafault" which I hope to watch soon.

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