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Petite powerhouse Brittany Murphy was born Nov. 10, 1977, in Atlanta and raised in Edison, N.J. She was doing regional theater by age 9 and TV commercials by 13, after moving to Burbank, Calif., with her mother.

Success came early to the young actress as she immediately graduated to series television with roles on "Blossom" and "Sister Sister." Murphy turned heads with her breakthrough role as Alicia Silverstone's fashion-challenged classmate in the 1995 teen comedy hit Clueless, paving the way for larger parts. She was memorable in the 1998 TV movie David and Lisa; Girl, Interrupted (in one of her many "disturbed teenager" roles); 8 Mile; Don't Say a Word; Just Married; Uptown Girls; and Sin City.

Murphy was also an accomplished singer and stage actress, and TV animation fans know her as the voice of Hank's niece Luanne Platter on "King of the Hill." She died unexpectedly at age 32 on Dec. 20, 2009.

Brittany Murphy in The Ramen Girl

The Ramen Girl

2008 PG-13

When her boyfriend leaves her high and dry in Tokyo, spoiled American tourist Abby finds solace in a neighborhood ramen noodle house run by a cantankerous old chef, who agrees to take her on as an apprentice.

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  • Brittany Murphy in Girl, Interrupted Girl, Interrupted
  • Brittany Murphy in 8 Mile 8 Mile
  • Brittany Murphy in Sin City Sin City
  • Brittany Murphy in Clueless Clueless
  • Brittany Murphy in The Prophecy 2 The Prophecy 2
  • Brittany Murphy in The Devil's Arithmetic The Devil's Arithmetic
  • Brittany Murphy in Summer Catch Summer Catch
  • Brittany Murphy in Happy Feet Happy Feet
  • Brittany Murphy in Tribute Tribute
  • Brittany Murphy in Spun Spun
  • Brittany Murphy in Little Black Book Little Black Book
  • Brittany Murphy in Love and Other Disasters Love and Other Disasters
  • Brittany Murphy in Riding in Cars with Boys Riding in Cars with Boys
  • Brittany Murphy in Uptown Girls Uptown Girls
  • Brittany Murphy in Just Married Just Married
  • Brittany Murphy in Tom Petty: Runnin' Down a Dream Tom Petty: Runnin' Down a Dream
  • Brittany Murphy in Across the Hall Across the Hall
  • Brittany Murphy in Abandoned Abandoned
  • Brittany Murphy in Something Wicked Something Wicked
  • Brittany Murphy in King of the Hill King of the Hill
  • Brittany Murphy in Bongwater Bongwater
  • Brittany Murphy in Phoenix Phoenix
  • Brittany Murphy in Falling Sky Falling Sky
  • Brittany Murphy in Sidewalks of New York Sidewalks of New York
  • Brittany Murphy in I'm Still Here I'm Still Here
  • Brittany Murphy in Unscripted: The Complete Series Unscripted: The Complete Series
  • Brittany Murphy in The Groomsmen The Groomsmen
  • Brittany Murphy in Neverwas Neverwas
  • Brittany Murphy in Megafault Megafault