A new documentary is set to explore the short life and sudden death of Brittany Murphy, famously known for her work in Clueless, 8 Mile, Girl, Interrupted, and King Of The Hill. Brittany passed away from anemia and pneumonia at her home in Los Angeles in December 2009 at the age of 32. Her husband Simon Monjack died in the same way, in the same house, five months later, sparking conspiracy theories and speculation about their deaths.

Over a decade since their untimely deaths, HBO Max is set to explore both Brittany’s life, career, and sudden death in a yet-to-be-named two-part documentary.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, HBO Max sent out a press release about the project, noting that the doco will feature new interviews with people who were close to Brittany, as well as new archival footage of the actor, and spend time delving into the ‘mysterious circumstances’ of her death at her home in Los Angeles.

“I agreed to do this film because I think it’s a shame that Brittany’s promising life and career has been eclipsed by the circumstances of her death,” filmmaker Cynthia Hill said in the statement.

“I think it’s important to celebrate Brittany’s talent as we struggle to explain the tragic circumstances of her and Simon’s deaths.”

Getting her start in TV with roles in shows like Frasier, Party of Five, and Boy Meets World, Brittany’s big movie debut was in Clueless back in 1995, which then saw her gain momentum and wind up starring alongside Angelina Jolie in Girl, InterruptedEminem in 8 MileDonald Faison in Uptown Girls, Ashton Kutcher in Just Married, and Drew Barrymore in Riding In Cars With Boys.

Alongside her acting, Brittany lent her voice to many cartoons, including Futurama, Pepper Ann, Happy Feet, and as Luanne Platter in King Of The Hill.


Brittany Murphy was allegedly a witness in the care of persecuted whistleblower Julia Davis, and her then-fiancé Simon claimed were being surveilled by helicopters and had their phones tapped, which many consider may have been part of his manipulation tactics to maintain control over Brittany, as described in a posthumous profile by The Hollywood Reporter.

HBO Max’s two-part doco on Brittany Murphy is yet to have a premiere date or a confirmed name, but we’ll let you know when we find out more.

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