Birth anniversary special: Remembering Brittany Murphy

She wowed us with her roles in 'Clueless', 'Just Married', 'Girl Interrupted', 'Spun', '8 Mile', 'Uptown Girls', 'Sin City', 'Happy Feet', and 'Riding in Cars with Boys'. On Brittany Murphy's birth anniversary today, we remember the talented actress...

Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy. Pic/Santa Banta

>> Brittany first honed her acting skills in regional theater at the age of 9. By 13, she had signed on with a manager and began appearing in TV ads.

>> She played the trumpet and piano. She took dance classes six days a week, as a kid. She was also a great singer. She was the lead voice of her band Blessed Soul.

>> Due to her invariably silly laughs in Math's class, her nickname in school was Crack Baby Brittany.

>> She was half Italian, a quarter Irish and a quarter Eastern European.

>> She was the former girlfriend of Ashton Kutcher.

>> She had a breast cancer scare and got lumps removed from her right breast.

>> She kept a notebook by her bed and would write poems in the middle of the night.

>> She sparked rumours of a cosmetic surgery after she was photographed in New York with what an augmented upper lip.

>> She reportedly left her entire estate to her mom, and nothing to her husband, screenwriter Simon Monjack.

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