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Also Known As: Died: December 20, 2009
Born: November 10, 1977 Cause of Death: Pneumonia with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: Cast ...


"I would never have this career without my mom! I would have ended up fleeing New Jersey and moving to New York City. I upped and moved HER, and she was willing to support me. No one can ever say anything bad about my mom. She's amazing."---Brittany Murphy quoted in Daily News, May 10, 1998.

"Hey, right now, I'm in the college of life. I'm only 21 and I don't know who the heck I am yet. We're all just molecules. Anyway, the movie industry's a great boot camp, you learn so much, going from one country to another, one story to another. I relish the absurdity."---Murphy to Movieline, May 1999.

"What is typical? I don't really ever want to go in that direction, but I don't have a game plan either. I know that I get a kick out of playing people who are different. When I read something, I go on my instincts. It just feels right. That's how it's been and I love being these people. I've been a waitress. I've been a rock star. I've had a grain of salt's experience at being in the Holocaust. I get to travel all over the place. Most people don't get the chance to do what they have a passion for. It's an amazing job. I'm very blessed. The major thing was that I started when I was 13, and I wanted to do this so bad. When I came to L.A., the words 'logistics' or 'competition' meant nothing to me. I went through it with blinders on and never thought of the other things that I've seen cloud other people's minds. A lot of times those things get in the way."---Murphy quoted in Flaunt, June-July 2000.

"I'm not a cerebral actor, I'm visceral. When I read a script, the character will come from the page, into my hand, into my arm, and then into my body. All of a sudden, I know I'm to be this person from three months. It's a fantastic feeling."---Murphy in Movieline, March 2001.

"To be similar to Luanne would be such an honor. She's so pure and lovely, and I would hope in my life that I could be as pure as Luanne is. On a lighter note, I am a complete and utterly frustrated hairdresser. That's a big dream of mine."---Murphy on Luanne, her character on the animated sitcom "King of the Hill" as quoted in USA Today, July 6, 2001.

"I would compare her to Edward Norton, they're both incredibly smart, highly gifted actors who are very instinctual. I don't think I've ever seen her repeat herself on-screen. And like Edward Norton, she can play a lead with ease, but also do great character work."---Director Gary Fleder on Brittany Murphy, quoted in Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2001.

"I'm trying to figure out the trick of working to live as opposed to living to work, but I don't know if I've quite stumbled upon it just yet."---Murphy to The New York Times, September 30, 2001.

"My family was so embarrassed by it, they were begging me to shut up when the neighbors were around and to speak higher so it did not sounds so demonically possessed."---Murphy on her distinctive voice US Weekly, October 7, 2002.

"... I'm an entertainer. I was born one, I'll always be one, and whenever I have the chance, whether it's on the street corner or on a motion picture set, the camera or maybe a microphone will be my way to get through to people. If I can make them feel, then I think that my work is productive."---Murphy quoted in Interview December/January 2003

"I want to make the world a better place, which I know sounds pretensions, but it's true and that's what I've always wanted to do. I didn't know what medium it would in, acting, music whatever, so I got out of Jersey and started acting... "---Murphy as quoted to Paul Fischer of July 2003

"I don't even take myself seriously, how could I possibly take Hollywood seriously? I take business seriously. I take work very seriously and telling the truth in my job and professionalism. But I don't think (celebrity) is supposed to be taken seriously really."---Murphy to People, August 4, 2004.

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