After rising to fame in 1995’s cult classic Clueless with the famous line “You’re a virgin who can’t drive,” Brittany Murphy offered strong performances in Girl Interrupted, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 8 Mile, and Sin City—and while her star profile waxed and waned more than once during her career, she always seemed to have incredible potential. Sadly, that big breakthrough role that often felt like it was just over the horizon for Murphy would never get a chance to materialize.
Murphy was the breadwinner of the family, as she cared for her mother, a breast cancer survivor, and her husband, Simon Monjack, who suffered from frequent seizures and heart troubles. While the circumstances of her death are suspicious, Murphy was declared dead on December 20, 2009, due to pneumonia, anemia, and multiple drug intoxication. It is unclear whether “toxic mold” also played a part in her untimely death at age 32, as her husband was found dead in the same house five months later.