TMZ reports Brittany Murphy has died – was she Jewish?


TMZ has reported that actress Brittany Murphy has died early today at 32. She was married to British Jewish screenwriter Simon Monjack who co-wrote the story for Factory Girl.

From London Jewish Chronicle:

Brittany has just married British-born writer/director Simon Monjack in a small Jewish ceremony in Los Angeles (so small, in fact, that only Murphy, Monjack and the rabbi were present). According to one website, Monjack is actually ordained as a rabbi. Brittany’s mother, it turns out, is Ashkenazi-Jewish on her own mother’s side, making Brittany halachically kosher.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Murphy started her career when she was nine, landing a singing role in a musical version of Les Misérables.  She has starred in films such as Just Married, Clueless (with Jewish Alicia Silverstone), Girl, Interrupted, 8 Mile, Sin City, The Dead Girl, Uptown Girls, Riding in Cars with Boys and Spun.