Actress Brittany Murphy dies at age 32

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Brittany Murphy, the actress who got her
start in the sleeper hit "Clueless" and rose to stardom in "8
Mile," has died in Los Angeles. She was 32.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Spokeswoman Sally Stewart said
Murphy died at 10:04 a.m. Sunday. She would not provide a cause of
death, or any other information.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call at 8 a.m.
Sunday from a home that is listed as belonging to British
screenwriter Simon Monjack, who is married to Murphy, spokesman
Devon Gale said. Gale said one person was transported to a
Los Angeles police have opened an investigation into Murphy's
death, Officer Norma Eisenman said Sunday afternoon. Investigators
have been dispatched to Murphy's home in the hills of West
Messages left for Murphy's manager, agent and publicist by The
Associated Press weren't immediately returned.
Born Nov. 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Murphy grew up in New Jersey and
later moved with her mother to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
Her career started in the early 1990s with small roles in
television series, commercials and movies. She is best known for
parts in "Girl, Interrupted," "Clueless" and "8 Mile."
Her on-screen roles declined in recent years, but Murphy's voice
gave life to numerous animated characters, including Luanne Platter
on more than 200 episodes of Fox's "King of the Hill" and Gloria
the penguin in the 2006 feature "Happy Feet."
She is due to appear in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming film,
"The Expendables," set for release next year.
Her role in "8 Mile" led to more recognition, Murphy said told
AP in 2003. "That changed a lot," she said. "That was the
difference between people knowing my first and last name as opposed
to not."
Murphy credited her mother, Sharon, with being a key to her
"When I asked my mom to move to California, she sold everything
and moved out here for me," Murphy said. "I was really grateful
to have grown up in an environment that was conducive to creating
and didn't stifle any of that. She always believed in me."
She dated Ashton Kutcher, who costarred with Murphy in 2003's
romantic comedy "Just Married."
Kutcher sent a message on Twitter Sunday morning about Murphy's
death: "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine," Kutcher
wrote. "My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her
husband, & her amazing mother Sharon."
AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this

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