Today would have been Brittany Murphy’s 38th birthday. Sadly, the actress who was known for her roles in “Clueless”, “8 Mile” and “Riding in Cars with Boys” passed away unexpectedly on 20th December 2009 from a combination pneumonia, anemia and prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
During her acting career she starred in four New York-based films, “The Groomsmen”, “Uptown Girls”, “Sidewalks of New York” and “Don’t Say a Word”.
In January 2010, Murphy's mother, Sharon, and her widower, Simon Monjack, established the Brittany Murphy Foundation, a charitable fund for children's arts education, as well as supporting the USOand cancer research. The foundation was launched on February 4, 2010, at a fundraising event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.After a records search revealed that the foundation's not-for-profit status had not been filed, the foundation announced that it would refund any donations received and issued an official letter on the foundation's website. They stated that in an effort to get the foundation set up as quickly as possible, they had established it as a private foundation with plans to apply for nonprofit status later. However, they said that they had decided to wait until the foundation's nonprofit status was approved before going any further in order to truly honor Murphy and the foundation's charitable goals. On November 10, 2013, the Brittany Murphy Foundation was officially relaunched by her father Angelo Bertolotti, according to a press release posted at the foundation's website.