Actress Brittany Murphy died today at the age of 32 after suffering a cardiac arrest in the early hours.
Murphy began acting professionally at 14 years old. After honing her comedy chops on the sitcom circuit—in such shows as Murphy Brown, Drexell’s Class, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, and Frasier—Murphy launched into the public consciousness with 1995’s Clueless, stealing the film from under Alicia Silverstone’s nose. Although she would prove herself with impressive supporting performances in Girl, Interrupted and 8 Mile, not to mention a prominent voice role in the Mike Judge animated series King of the Hill, her own starring vehicles never lived up to her early promise, and tabloid troubles of the sort that undermine too many child stars’ careers overshadowed her undeniable talent. We prefer to remember her as Tai, the titularly clueless but indisputably endearing high-school ingenue from Amy Heckerling’s film.
May GOD rest her soul in peace.