HBO Max Announces Brittany Murphy Documentary Series

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HBO Max has announced a new two-part documentary series ‘What Happened, Brittany Murphy,’ directed by Cynthia Hill and produced with Blumhouse Television And Pyramid Productions. The feature promises to go “beyond the headlines” in discussing the life and tragic death of the actress who died at the age of thirty-two.

According to a press release, “the documentary is an intimate, in-depth character portrait of actress Brittany Murphy, going beyond the headlines to explore the mysterious circumstances surrounding her tragic death at 32 years old.”

HBO Max said, “A captivating actress as effervescent on-screen as she was off, Murphy was a rising star whose movies helped define a generation. But in 2009, Murphy’s untimely passing ended her promising career, while the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death quickly became fodder for speculation and conspiracy theories.”

“Featuring new archival footage and interviews with those closest to her, WHAT HAPPENED, BRITTANY MURPHY? goes beyond the tabloid rumors to examine the impact of Hollywood’s sexism on her struggles, as well as lingering concerns about her relationship with husband Simon Monjack. Sensitive and nuanced, the docuseries explores the legacy of a unique talent,” they continue.

‘What Happened, Brittany Murphy’ is set to be released on the streaming service on October 14th.

You watch the trailer here:

Brittany Murphy starred in dozens of feature films including ‘Family Prayers,’ ‘Clueless,’ ‘Girl, Interrupted,’ ‘ Sidewalks of New York,’ ‘That Ramen Girl,’ and ‘Happy Feet.’ She also had a starring role in the animated series ‘King of the Hill’ as Luanne.

On her performance in ‘Happy Feet,’ Murphy said, “Oddly enough, of all the characters I’ve played, Gloria is the most like me. And she’s a penguin! George Miller always wanted one person to do both [the speaking and the singing]. I said, ‘I can sing,’ and I asked him to give me a shot. I don’t think he took me very seriously, because most actors say they can do most things.”


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