An actress who died young just a few years ago will be the focus of a new two-hour biopic from Lifetime. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the production will tell the story of Brittany Murphy.
Murphy was known for her roles in a string of popular movies including “Clueless,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Riding in Cars With Boys” and “8 Mile,” along with her long stint as the voice of Luanne on the Fox animated series “King of the Hill.” She was found dead at her home in Los Angeles in 2009, and controversy has surrounded her cause of death in the years since she died.
“The Brittany Murphy Story,” which will debut Sept. 6, represents the first long-form scripted project about Murphy, who was 32 when she died. She will be portrayed by Amanda Fuller of “Last Man Standing,” while “Twin Peaks” star Sherilyn Fenn will play her mother, Sharon Murphy.
A representative for Sharon Murphy said she wasn’t consulted on the project and hasn’t cooperated with it.
“The movie will recount the story of Brittany Murphy’s younger years, including her mother’s efforts to turn her talented daughter into a star in the 1980s and ’90s, and then leads up to her death. It will also touch on the aftermath, when her mother dealt with claims that her daughter’s death was not accidental,” the story notes.