Brittany Murphy-Monjack was a beloved actress who had won over the hearts of her fans with her loving smile and wonderful attitude. When she passed away in 2009, her fans were crushed by her death, and it was made even sadder because of the fact that she was only 32 when she died. This amazing woman lit up the world with her work, so we’re taking a moment today to thank her for all she did and mourn her passing.
Brittany Anne Bertolotti was born on November 10, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her parents divorced when she was only two years old, so she reverted to using her mother’s maiden name. Growing up, her mother was always more than happy to do whatever she could to support her daughter's dreams, and even moved out to California with her in 1991 when then 13-year-old Brittany asked.
When she was only five years old, Brittany enrolled in Verne Fowler School of Dance and Theatre Arts in Colonia, New Jersey, where she learned dancing, singing, and acting. She got her first acting job when she was 13 when she played Brenda Drexell in the "Drexell’s Class" series. When she was 20 years old, she made her debut on Broadway where she played Catherine in a revival of Arthur Miller’s "A View From The Bridge."
The role that made her career, though, was when she starred in "Clueless," which was her second feature film! She played Tai, and the film later went on to become a cult favorite! From there, she starred on multiple television shows, from "Frasier" to "Boy Meets World."
Brittany loved to sing and was even involved in a band, "Blessed Soul," with Eric Balfour in the early 1990s. When she released the single "Faster Kill Pussycat" with Paul Oakenfold, it rose to the top of the Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart! Her singing led to her ability to play one of her favorite roles she ever got, the role of Gloria in "Happy Feet!" She covered Queen’s song, "Somebody to Love," and Earth, Wind & Fire’s song "Boogie Wonderland."
On December 20, 2009, Brittany passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. When they performed the autopsy and tried to discover what caused her death, it was found that she had died from pneumonia, iron-deficiency anemia, and multiple drug intoxication. It was not illegal drugs in her system; it was an overdose of prescription medications that led to her death. Although her death is still surrounded in controversy about the true cause of death, one thing is for certain; she was taken much too young.