Hollywood gained a new star when Brittany Murphy, then 18, burst onto the scene with a dynamite performance as chubby cutie Tai in 1995’s Clueless. With a slew of movies following, we saw Murphy blossom from a wide-eyed teen actress to a beautiful starlet. Sadly, on December 20, 2009, Murphy passed away suddenly.
Almost a year after her death, on what would have been Murphy’s 33rd birthday, her mother Sharon has signed to write a tell-all book about the late actress, according to RadarOnline. The book is supposed to honor her daughter’s life and career.
Unlike many other teen actresses, Murphy never whored for fame by putting her private life in public or partying her way into the headlines – something I have always respected her for. Besides a few stories on her relationships with fellow actor Ashton Kutcher and rapper Eminem, Murphy was a low key gal. Instead, she focused on her acting skills, picking up projects that enriched her career.
Some of my favorite roles by Murphy were the slutty barmaid in Sin City, the suicidal pill-popper in Girl, Interrupted, and the jealous girlfriend in Little Black Book. I don’t know what it was about Murphy, but she portrayed best those who were vulnerable – perhaps that’s because vulnerability is what Murphy had in real life.
If anything did make the news, her astonishing weight loss made quite a few headlines. She went from a healthy-looking teenager in Clueless to looking quite bony for most of her adult life. It’s likely the pressure of Hollywood is to blame, and that is just sad! Though the coroner pronounced pneumonia as Murphy’s cause for death, I honestly believe she was a little worn out by the business.
Because Murphy has been so private and her death so mysterious, I am intrigued by what mom Sharon has to say in this tell-all book. I do hope that the book properly honors Murphy’s life, so we can get to know her as a lovely person and a talented actress.
Back in 1995, when Clueless was released, I too was a chubby teenager without a clue about fashion. Seeing Murphy turn into a beautiful, successful star encouraged me in my own life. It was sad to learn of her passing and I sincerely hope her book is written with honesty.