Lifetime To Air Brittany Murphy Biopic This September
The Lifetime network has announced that The Brittany Murphy Story, a two-hour television movie, will premiere Saturday, Sept. 6. It's the first feature-length production about the actress, who died nearly five years ago at the age of 32.
Amanda Fuller (Last Man Standing, Grey's Anatomy) will portray Murphy, and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks, Ray Donovan), will play her mother, Sharon Murphy.
The movie will detail the events of Murphy's early life, and her mother's attempts to take her daughter's talents to the big screen during the 1980s and 90s. The story will eventually lead up to the late actress's death, and how her mother dealt with claims that her daughter's death was not accidental.
A spokesperson for Shannon Murphy has said she was not consulted by the network for the movie, and has not cooperated with the production in any way. The network has not yet revealed the source of the script material.
Murphy began her acting career in television before reaching Hollywood. She went on to star in films like Clueless, Girl Interrupted and 8 Mile. She died December 20, 2009. Her husband, Simon Monjack died five months later. The coroner ruled that both had died from pneumonia and other causes.
Back in 2013 Murphy's father, Angelo Bertolotti claimed to have received test results from The Carlson Company stating that his daughter had a large amount of metals in her system, leading him to believe that she had been poisoned.