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Brittany Murphy - Biography & Career

Brittany Anne Murphy was born on November 10, 1977 (that's right guys, she's a Scorpio; they know how to have fun), in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brittany's parents separated and the young aspiring actress was forced to move to New Jersey, where people don't have much fun (just see any Todd Solondz or Kevin Smith film). There, she discovered regional theater and appeared in productions of Les Miserables and Really Rosie, which were lauded by the school papers.

As a preteen, she hired a manager and later moved to Burbank, California, where her career would eventually take off.

Brittany's first foray out of the school theater world was in commercials, including one for Skittles. In 1991, she landed a role on one of the early FOX network's parade of disposable series, Drexell's Class, with soon-to-be American Pie star, Jason Biggs.

After gaining experience in a slew of short-run TV shows, she finally landed her big break as Tai Fraiser in the 1995 sleeper hit, Clueless, with Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash. From there, she ran through various lesser-known films, such as Freeway (1996), Drive (1997), Bongwater (1997), Phoenix (1998), and Falling Sky (1998), and she was off the blockbuster scene for several years.

In 1999, Brittany struck gold in films of the estrogen variety, such as Drop Dead Gorgeous with Denise Richards and Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder. Brittany added more chick flicks to her resume with 2001's Riding in Cars with Boys, starring Drew Barrymore, Sidewalks of New York with Heather Graham, and Summer Catch, starring Jessica Biel.

After the 2001 thriller Don't Say a Word (who can forget Murphy's eerie chant, "I'll never tell..."?), Brittany starred as Eminem's love interest in 2002's 8 Mile. In 2003, Brittany starred in the romantic comedy Just Married (which co-starred former boyfriend Ashton Kutcher) and the syrupy flick Uptown Girls. After 2004's Little Black Book, Brittany turned up the sex appeal in 2005's Sin City.

After closing off 2005 with roles in Neverwas and Boyfriend in a Box, Brittany Murphy will appear in 2006's The Groomsmen and Love and Other Disasters. She will also lend her voice to the animated flick Happy Feet; after years of lending her voice to King of the Hill's Luanne, Murphy surely has the voice work experience.

Brittany has made headlines thanks to her engagement to talent manager Jeff Kwatinetz. For now, she is satisfied with making the U.S. troops in Iraq happy; she has visited them in the Middle East and only posed for Maxim on the condition that the magazine send 40,000 copies (with a special message) to the troops.