Brittany Murphy Remembered

Media find it difficult to sum up actress' troubled life

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 21, 2009 7:31 AM CST

(Newser) – As news outlets everywhere struggle to memorialize Brittany Murphy's troubled, too-short life, co-stars and friends remembered the young actress in statements and—of course—on Twitter. Murphy’s life started as a Hollywood dream-come-true, “but then her star power fizzled, her personal life disintegrated, and she met a grisly end,” writes Azaria Jagger on Gawker, offering up a sample of how publications worldwide are covering her death—and life.

They range from the euphemistic (CNN calls her "bubbly") to the honest (E! recounts her notoriously difficult and erratic behavior) to the heart-tugging (the Guardian recalls her failed attempt to play the part of Janis Joplin). Meanwhile, E! rounds up reactions from other celebs:

  • Alicia Silverstone: "I loved working with Brittany. She was so talented, so warm and so sweet. I always felt connected to her as we shared a very special experience in our lives together."
  • Donald Faison: "Brittany was one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. She had the voice of an angel and a genuine heart of gold."
  • Kevin Smith: "Never met her, but sad to hear about Brittany Murphy. G'night, Ms. Murphy; hope you're rollin' with the homies someplace nice."
  • Josh Groban: "Hollywood loses another bright soul…how many more? A decade of decadence and devastation. Time to wake up."

In this June 27, 2005 file photo, Brittany Murphy arrives to launch the summer sale of the Harrods department store in central London.
In this June 27, 2005 file photo, Brittany Murphy arrives to launch the summer sale of the Harrods department store in central London.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
In this Nov. 1, 2007 file photo, Brittany Murphy, right, and husband, writer Simon Monjack, left, at the BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
In this Nov. 1, 2007 file photo, Brittany Murphy, right, and husband, writer Simon Monjack, left, at the BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)
In this Nov. 26, 2006 file photo, Brittany Murphy arrives in Leicester Square for the European premiere of her latest film Happy Feet in central London.
In this Nov. 26, 2006 file photo, Brittany Murphy arrives in Leicester Square for the European premiere of her latest film "Happy Feet" in central London.   (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)
In this Oct. 15, 2002 file photo, actress Brittany Murphy arrives for the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
In this Oct. 15, 2002 file photo, actress Brittany Murphy arrives for the 2002 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall.   (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, File)
In this Nov. 3, 2005 file photo, Brittany Murphy presents the MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony at the Atlantic Pavillion in Lisbon, Portugal.
In this Nov. 3, 2005 file photo, Brittany Murphy presents the MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony at the Atlantic Pavillion in Lisbon, Portugal.   (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)
In this Feb. 4, 2008 file photo, actress Brittany Murphy attends the Max Azria 2008 Fall Collection during Fashion Week in New York.
In this Feb. 4, 2008 file photo, actress Brittany Murphy attends the Max Azria 2008 Fall Collection during Fashion Week in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
In this  May 5, 2002 file photo, Brittany Murphy arrives at Movieline magazine's 4th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
In this May 5, 2002 file photo, Brittany Murphy arrives at Movieline magazine's 4th Annual Young Hollywood Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
In this June 1, 2002 file photo, actress Brittany Murphy poses for photographers as she arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.
In this June 1, 2002 file photo, actress Brittany Murphy poses for photographers as she arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
In this Dec. 1,2009 photo provided by PictureGroup showing Brittany Murphy arriving at the Across the Hall Premiere in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In this Dec. 1,2009 photo provided by PictureGroup showing Brittany Murphy arriving at the "Across the Hall" Premiere in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/PictureGroup, Gregg DeGuire)
Brittany Murphy arrives at the Motorola 9th annual anniversary party in Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.
Brittany Murphy arrives at the Motorola 9th annual anniversary party in Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.   (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
Brittany Murphy and husband Simon Monjack pose for a photo during the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, April 3, 2008.
Brittany Murphy and husband Simon Monjack pose for a photo during the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, April 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Sony Ericsson Open/IMG,John Anthony)
Simon Monjack, left, and actors Brittany Murphy, center, and Kim Raver attend the Monique Lhuillier 2008 Fall Collection during Fashion Week, Feb. 5, 2008, in New York.
Simon Monjack, left, and actors Brittany Murphy, center, and Kim Raver attend the Monique Lhuillier 2008 Fall Collection during Fashion Week, Feb. 5, 2008, in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Actress Brittany Murphy attends the Monique Lhuillier 2008 Fall Collection during  Fashion Week, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in New York.
Actress Brittany Murphy attends the Monique Lhuillier 2008 Fall Collection during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
In this photo provided by Sony Ericsson Open Brittany Murphy and husband Simon Monjack pose for a photo during the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne Fla., April 3, 2008.
In this photo provided by Sony Ericsson Open Brittany Murphy and husband Simon Monjack pose for a photo during the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne Fla., April 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Sony Ericsson Open/IMG, Mike Baz)
Actress Brittany Murphy, right, and husband, writer Simon Monjack, left, pose on the press line at the Moto 9 party at The Lot studios in West Hollywood, Calif. on Nov. 8, 2007.
Actress Brittany Murphy, right, and husband, writer Simon Monjack, left, pose on the press line at the "Moto 9" party at The Lot studios in West Hollywood, Calif. on Nov. 8, 2007.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actors Amy Smart, left, and Brittany Murphy attend the Max Azria 2008 Fall Collection during  Fashion Week, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, in New York.
Actors Amy Smart, left, and Brittany Murphy attend the Max Azria 2008 Fall Collection during Fashion Week, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Brittany Murphy arrives at the Motorola 9th annual anniversary party in Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.
Brittany Murphy arrives at the Motorola 9th annual anniversary party in Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.   (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
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