Amanda Fuller to Play Brittany Murphy in Controversial Biopic

Lindsay Cronin | Aug 19, 2014


Actress Brittany Murphy’s life will soon be the focus of a Lifetime biopic, “The Brittany Murphy Story.”

The film will focus on her younger years and her work at becoming a Hollywood star. It will also cover the aftermath of her death and allegations that her passing was not accidental.

Taking on the role of Murphy is actress Amanda Fuller. Fuller, 29, is currently starring in “Last Man Standing,” and has acted for the majority of her life, with several roles in popular TV shows and movies.

After news of her role as Murphy in the upcoming Lifetime project hit the web, Fuller took to Twitter, where she confirmed the news, telling fans, “It’s true, folks! It’s true!! I guess the cats out of the bag.”

Fuller also told fans she was “honored and humbled.”

The Tragic Passing of a Brilliant Young Actress

Once one of Hollywood’s hottest acts, Murphy appeared to be on track for a successful career. Sadly, her life was cut short.

On December 20, 2009, months after she completed filming on the drama/thriller “Abandoned,” Murphy was found dead at her Los Angeles home. According to reports, Murphy, 32, collapsed in her bathroom and went into cardiac arrest. Although paramedics attempted to resuscitate Murphy, she was pronounced dead at 10:04 p.m.

On Murphy’s death certificate, her passing was listed as “deferred” and a coroner claimed it appeared to be “natural.” However, because of past rumors claiming she once dealt with an addiction to cocaine, many wondered if drugs played a role.

In February 2010, a coroner listed Murphy’s primary cause of death as pneumonia and noted anemia and multiple drug intoxication (hydrocodone was found in her system, as well as other pain medication) as secondary causes.

On May 23, 2010, Murphy’s husband, Simon Monjack, was found dead at the same home. A coroner later revealed his cause of death to be “acute pneumonia and severe anemia.”

Following the couple’s deaths, there was speculation that viral mold in their home killed them, but it was determined “there were no indicators that it was from mold.”

Months later, Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, claimed his daughter was poisoned after discovering high levels of heavy metals were present at the time of her death.

“I have a feeling that there was a definite murder situation here,” Bertolotti said on “Good Morning America.” “It’s poison, yes, I know that.”

Murphy’s Career and Personal Life

At the age of 13, Murphy landed her first role in the television series, “Drexell’s Class.” In the years that followed, Murphy made appearances on several of the top television hits of the 1990s, including “Blossom,” “Frasier,” “Sister, Sister,” “Boy Meets World” and “Party of Five.”

In 1995, she landed her breakout film role as Tai in the cult classic, “Clueless.” After “Clueless,” Murphy went on to star in several films, including “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” “8 Mile,” “Uptown Girls,” Little Black Book,” and “Just Married.” During the filming of “Just Married,” Murphy began dating her co-star, Ashton Kutcher. The relationship didn’t last and there’s been no word on who will play Kutcher in the film.

In May 2007, Murphy married British screenwriter Simon Monjack.

Controversy with the Film

Although Lifetime’s upcoming biopic is sure to be an interesting project, her family wasn’t consulted on the project. Murphy’s father told Radar Online he was furious over news of the biopic and revealed plans to take legal action against the network.

“Lifetime has not been authorized to produce the true story of Brittany Murphy,” Bertolotti said, noting the ongoing investigation into Murphy’s passing. “I should have been consulted. I intend to litigate Lifetime in a court of law.”

Murphy’s mom, Sharon Murphy, was also reportedly not consulted about the movie and hasn’t been involved with it. Sharon will be portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn in the film.

“The Brittany Murphy Story” is scheduled to air September 6 on Lifetime.

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