Since it is movie related, I thought it would be fitting to dedicate a post to Brittany Murphy. I will admit when I first heard that she died (via a Facebook.com status update) I sprinted to a computer with teary eyes to verify. My first exposure to Brittany Murphy was at the tender age of 7 in of course Clueless! Nearly 15 years later, and both Brittany and Clueless still top my lists. I loved the spunk and no holds barred laughter she could belt out. It was clear that wasn’t just acting.
Then there were small roles that weren’t as memorable like Drop Dead Gorgeous, Freeway and Trixie. But when given a good script Brittany could deliver! She was a very memorable minor character in 2001’s Summer Catch. You remember the cute, tipsy blonde who leaves Freddie Prinze Jr. with only a red thong to wear after a night of practicing ‘catch.’ That same year Brittany did Riding in Cars With Boys and Don’t Say a Word. So that was definitely a great year for her! I don’t remember much of Riding in Cars, but Brittany did a fabulous job playing mental in Don’t Say a Word.
Next to Clueless (because we all secretly love it the most, at least girls), Spun from 2002 would have to be my favorite movie with Brittany Murphy in it. The movie is about a group of methamphetamine addicts. It has an amazing cast: Mena Suvari, Mickey Rourke, Jason Schwartzman, Patrick Fugit, Debbie Harry, Eric Roberts, John Leguizamo … you get the picture. Anyway, it was a very gritty, scary role that Brittany portrayed.
And of course, like all actresses, Brittany did a slew of romcoms…Uptown Girls, Just Married, Little Black Book, Love and Other Disasters, etc. They were all equally cheesy and predictable, but if you’re going to see any of them then watch Love and Other Disasters because it’s slightly more unique. And of course who can forget the memorable character of Luanne on “King of the Hill” that Brittany voiced.
I guess I will end with a quote I find fitting from Brittany during an interview for Seventeen magazine in 2003: “Everybody has difficult years, but a lot of times the difficult years end up being the greatest years of your whole life, if you survive them.”