From King of the Hill to Sin City, Happy Feet to 8 Mile Brittany Murphy displayed her wide-ranging acting and voice talents. She could play a ridiculous and dense character or a despondent and brooding character while being thoroughly convincing in either role. She could be sexy or she could be laughable. Through it all she always struck me as a real, down-to-earth person. Granted I never met her, but if a Hollywood starlet can give off that impression from her platform then she is doing something right and something different. I always liked her for that.
Now reports are coming in that she died this morning after suffering full cardiac arrest. Death is always tragic and of all the Hollywood deaths in the past couple years this one is probably most striking to me. Rest in peace Brittany.