August 21, 2014 at 5:00 AM
EDISON, NJ - A movie on the life of former Edison resident and troubled star of movies Clueless, Girl Interrupted and 8 Mile, The Brittany Murphy Story is airing on Saturday, September 6, at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
Murphy grew up in Edison, started trekking to NYC for auditions at age 14 and then moved to LA. She got her big break in TV that same year, as a regular on the Fox sitcom Drexell's Class (1991). She then rose to fame in 1995 with a role in the popular film Clueless. Other starring roles followed. Her career was cut short when at just 32 she died under mysterious circumstances in 2009. Initially reported as a heart attack, her death was later attributed to acute pneumonia and severe anemia. Strangely, her husband died five months later. In 2013, her father tried unsuccessfully to reopen the case when he released the results of tests done on a sample of Murphy's hair that showed exposure to rat poison.
The Brittany Murphy Story follows the life of young actress Brittany (Amanda Fuller) and her supportive mother Sharon (Sherilyn Fenn) who was determined to make Brittany into a star.
It shows that after her breakout role in the 90s hit Clueless, Brittany continued her climb to fame with high-profile hits Girl, Interrupted and 8 Mile. But the relentless rumors and paparazzi coupled with Brittany’s insecurities about her appearance and desperation for approval wreaked havoc in her personal life.
Through it all, Sharon remained her grounding force but her enduring love wasn’t enough to save Brittany from the dark side of life in Hollywood.