Soon after Brittany Murphy landed a role on Drexell’s Class at the age of 14, she seemed to go on an unstoppable path into national spotlight.
A major breakthrough happened to her in 1995 when she was cast in Clueless, along with Alicia Silverstone.
The movie was loosely based on Emma, a novel by Jane Austen.
A modern take on the novel, Clueless was surprisingly a hit that it grossed more than $11 million just in the first weekend at the box office. Brittany Murphy suddenly became a star.
Following the success of Clueless, Murphy played several critically acclaimed film roles for examples in Girl, Interrupted, 8 Mile, and Sin City.
In November 2009, she left the production of a supernatural horror film The Caller and was replaced by Rachelle Lefevre.
There were news that she was actually fired due to spotty attendance and poor attitude overall, although Murphy denied such media reports and cited that the departure was mostly because “creative differences.”
On December 20, 2009, Murphy died of pneumonia, anemia, and multiple drug intoxication.
Considering what a talented star she was, it is only fair to say that even today she still deserves your attentions.
Here are some pictures to remember her by.
10 The Last Movie Premiere
In a supposedly one of the last photos taken of her in public, just weeks before she passed away, Murphy looked thinner than she mostly had been; you could even say she was almost skeleton-like in the photo.
Following the news after her death, this particular photo – along with others from the premiere of an indie film Across the Hall – made the rounds on the Internet.
It might not be the most flattering picture of her, but it was one of the most recent nonetheless.
She made her final public appearance at an LA Pop-Up Shop event few days later.
9 Totally Creepy Turn
An evidence of how Murphy’s acting brought more depth to a character in a movie than most viewers would realize was her performance as Elizabeth Burrows in Don’t Say a Word.
Here Murphy played the role as a psychiatric patient who kept a valuable secret in her mind.
Some even argue that her portrayal of a mentally disturbed patient was perfect and outstandingly accurate.
Elizabeth Burrows was a major shift from various and more lively characters that Murphy had played earlier in many feature films and TV shows. Despite the challenges, Murphy did a great job.
8 The Messy Makeup
Murphy had done a number of outlandish, wacky, fun photo shoots before the shocking end of her promising Hollywood career.
At that time, one of the big trends among female superstars was bright lipstick accompanied by messy hair and makeup.
With this particular photo, Murphy would put a lot of bigger Hollywood stars to shame.
The seemingly sloppy hairdo and makeup did not make her any less beautiful, but in fact highlighted many of her best facial features including the big eyes and pouty lips.
There is a mystery behind the photo yet the s*x appeal remains prominent.
7 American Girl
Here is another example of how messy hairdo and light makeup looked remarkably natural on Brittany Murphy.
There is a combination of seduction and smugness on the face; it portrays a strong independent woman and a sense of freedom.
No wonder that even after her death, the photo is still largely posted and shared all across the web.
It is a great reminder that she was a modern women possessing a timeless beauty that anybody of any generation can greatly appreciate.
Throw a star-spangled banner on the background, and you get nothing but a true American girl at her best.