Brittany Murphy (1977-2009)

It was a shock to read that Brittany Murphy died on Sunday. Like most people, I remember her best in Clueless, where she stole scenes from star Alicia Silverstone. But I heard her more than I saw her in movies. She was the voice of Luanne Platter, niece of Hank and Peggy Hill, on King of the Hill. (Her character name “Luanne Platter” was one of the best jokes ever on the animated series.) More recently she had roles in movies as diverse as 8 Mile, Don’t Say a Word, Uptown Girls, Sin City, and Just Married. She was a fine young actress with potential to keep expanding her talents. Another sad loss in Hollywood.