Brittany Murphy, the spunky actress known for starring roles in 'Clueless,' 'Sin City' and 'Girl, Interrupted,' went into cardiac arrest Sunday morning and was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 32.
Out of the public eye recently, it appeared Murphy was about to return in full force, with five films currently in post-production, all due for release in 2010.
Oddly enough, she was parodied earlier this month in a 'Saturday Night Live' Weekend Update sketch, which poked fun at her ditzy public persona and the fact that she was fired for disrupting production on a new movie she was shooting, 'The Caller.'
Though she got her start in Hollywood at the age of 14 -- with guest spots on TV shows like 'Murphy Brown,' 'Blossom' and 'Sister, Sister' and a starring role on the short-lived series 'Almost Home' -- it was her fresh-faced naïveté in 1995's 'Clueless' that made her a star.
As transfer student Tai, Murphy had some of the most memorable scenes in the movie, including calling Alicia Silverstone's character Cher "a virgin who can't drive" and singing 'Rolling with the Homies' at her first big high school party in Beverly Hills.
'Abandoned' Director Speaks Out - "It hurts me to hear all this salacious stuff because my experience with Brittany was really one of my best eperiences with an actress," 'Abandoned' director Michael Feifer tells PEOPLE of working with Murphy on her last film. In the indie thriller, which is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2010, Murphy plays a distraught woman on the hunt for a boyfriend who seems to have disappeared out of thin air. Feifer spoke highly of Murphy's talents, claiming, "There was a moment where she needed to cry, and we were kidding around where she actually said she could cry out of one eye and you just had to pick which eye you wanted. She was that good at her craft."
'Deadline' Promo Art Pulled – Redbox, which owns thousands of DVD kiosks around the world, said that it would remove controversial promotional art for Brittany Murphy's recent horror film 'Deadline.' The ghastly art features a pale Murphy peeking out of a bathtub in a scene reminiscent of her final moments on earth.
'Shrinking Charlotte' to be Recast – The romantic comedy co-starring Matthew Lillard and 'True Blood's' Sam Trammell was supposed to be Brittany Murphy's fresh start. Director Rene Eram tells E! News that Murphy was a "perfect fit" for the lead role. "It was all very positive and that's what is so sad for me, to not have her involved in this movie." According to TMZ, producer Darren VanCleave says the film will be dedicated to Murphy, though the part is now up for grabs.
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