While it remains to be seen what comes out of Lifetime’s TV version of Brittany Murphy’s career and personal story, one thing is clear: the beloved actress had a number of iconic roles despite her short-lived career. Everyone from Clueless Tai to Shellie from Sin City is here as we look back on the most iconic Murphy roles we hope get covered in her Lifetime story.
In the words of Cher’s best friend slash makeover challenge, these roles were totally “doable.”
(If you can’t get enough of her film roles below, then check out her looks throughout the years in the gallery above.)
Tai, Clueless (1995)
In her second film role, Murphy played the high schooler who wasn’t a virgin and could drive. The role turned out to be a total Valley Girl who defied all stereotypes.
Luanne Platter, King of the Hill (1997-2009)
Though not seen on screen, Murphy was heard as one of the voices that populated Arlen, TX. As Luanne, she personified a sensitive airhead that at first glance might have resembled Tai from Clueless.
Alex Latourno, 8 Mile (2002)
After taking roles in a few indie movies, Murphy returned to the mainstream alongside Eminem in his debut film role. As Em’s love interest Alex, she swoops in with the right mix of white trash and sex appeal.
Watch Murphy talk about her love for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” and lifelong love of hip-hop, below.
Lisa Swenson, Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Sure the film was a bomb at the box office but it quickly became a cult classic, thanks to the many side characters played by the likes of Murphy. These women gave life to the world of pageant competitions.
Daisy Randone, Girl Interrupted (1999)
Murphy paired her DDG role with a part in the Winona Rider Oscar-bait film about a woman who spends 18 months in a mental institution. Murphy filled out a strong supporting cast that included Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg, and Vanessa Redgrave.
Fay Forrester, Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
In the early ‘00s, Murphy found her sweet spot on film as everyone’s favorite, quirky best girlfriend. In Riding in Cars, she strives to move beyond life as a young mother trying to make it on her own.
Nikki, Spun (2002)
In this twisted dark comedy crime caper, Murphy plays a drug addict caught up in the middle of a meth raid. The actress’ bug-eyed, slender look scarily plays up Murphy’s own post-‘90s, slender look while tapping into her zany personality.
Shellie, Sin City (2005)
While a small role in the ensemble big screen adaptation of the graphic novel, Murphy made her scenes as the knife-wielding girlfriend on the edge sting. Don’t cross her.
Lifetime’s The Brittany Murphy Story premieres on Saturday at 8PM EST. Share your favorite Murphy role in the comments below.
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