Brittany Murphy Lifetime Movie Announced


Four years after the tragic passing of actress Brittany Murphy, Lifetime has green-lit a TV movie based on the troubled starlet’s life and the aftermath of her death – but not everyone’s happy about it.


Amanda Fuller has been cast as Brittany
Amanda Fuller has been cast as Brittany

The Brittany Murphy Story, which will air on September 6, will feature Amanda Fuller (Grey’s Anatomy) in the lead role, while Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) will play the role of Brittany’s mother Sharon.

The two-hour film will detail Murphy’s life pre-fame, when the Clueless star and her mother moved to Los Angeles in a bid to launch her acting career. It will also address the period after her death, which both Murphy’s parents have publicly suggested was “not accidental” on numerous occasions.

Murphy’s death on December 20, 2009 was ruled by the coroner as being by pneumonia and anaemia. Curiously, her husband, director Simon Monjack, died five months later of the exact same causes.

Brittany’s mother lived with the pair in their Hollywood Hills home, and continued to do so for two years after their deaths, before it was sold and demolished by its new owner.

Sharon Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter that she had not been consulted by Lifetime in the making of the film. The actress’s father Angelo Bertolotti told Radar that he is “furious” about the production, adding “Lifetime has not been authorised to produce the true story of Brittany Murphy. Bertolotti told the entertainment site that he intends to litgate in the court of law.

Mother & Daughter: Brittany enjoyed a close relationship with Sharon, who uprooted to LA for her daughter's career
Mother & Daughter: Brittany enjoyed a close relationship with Sharon, who uprooted to LA for her daughter’s career

During her career, Murphy starred in hit films such as the cult comedy Clueless, as well as 8 Mile opposite Eminem and Just Married together with Ashton Kutcher, whom she also dated for a period. She also voiced the character Luanne Platter from the animated sitcom King of the Hill for its entire run from 1997 through 2009.

In June, Lifetime announced that it would air a movie based on the life of the late Whitney Houston. Director Angela Basset told Entertainment Weekly that the film would not address the death of the legendary singer.

Watch Brittany’s career highlights in video below.

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