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PostSubject: Murphy’s family bids farewell in private funeral :(   Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:08 am

Actress laid to rest in ‘very nice, very respectful’ service on Christmas Eve






Brittany Murphy's family says words can't
express the devastation they felt as they laid the 32-year-old actress
to rest at a private Christmas Eve funeral.
The
service began Thursday afternoon and stretched into the evening as a
Christian minister and a rabbi presided and guests sang "Amazing Grace"
at the grave site at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.
"A
bright light that lit the world is forever dimmed, but will live on in
the hearts of those that Brittany touched," her family said in a
statement. "Brittany was an incredibly loving and passionate person and
an artist to her core."
The intimate gathering was "very nice, very
respectful," said longtime family friend Alex Ben Block. He said Murphy
loved Christmas and that it was ironic that she was buried on Christmas
Eve.
Her
husband, Simon Monjack, talked about their relationship and called her
his best friend and soul mate. The two married in 2007.
Her closest friends and her cousin also recalled their favorite memories of her.
A
small group of reporters and a few news vans waited outside the main
gates of the cemetery, where luminaries such as Liberace, Bette Davis,
Lucille Ball, Gene Autry and Freddie Prinze are buried.
Murphy died Sunday after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home.
Authorities
continue to investigate the death but do not suspect foul play. An
autopsy performed Monday was inconclusive, and the coroner's office is
awaiting results of toxicology and tissue tests before determining an
official cause of death.
Murphy
moved with her mother, Sharon, to Los Angeles when she was a teenager
to pursue an acting career. She started out in sitcoms and commercials
in the early 1990s before winning starring roles in several films.
Her breakthrough role came in 1995, as a dowdy high school student (and best friend of star Alicia Silverstone) in "Clueless."
Murphy
worked steadily after that. She shared the screen with Winona Ryder and
Angelina Jolie in 1999's "Girl, Interrupted." She played Eminem's love
interest in "8 Mile" and Ashton Kutcher's wife in "Just Married." She
starred as a suspicious girlfriend in 2004's "Little Black Book" and a
barmaid with an abusive ex-boyfriend in 2005's "Sin City." She also
voiced Gloria the penguin in the 2006 animated film "Happy Feet."
Murphy
was juggling multiple movie projects in the months before her
unexpected death, wrapping two indie thrillers over the summer and
preparing to shoot a romantic comedy next month.
Michael
Feifer, who directed Murphy in her final role, described the actress as
professional, kind and healthy on the set of "Abandoned." Monjack
accompanied her on set and served as her hair and makeup artist. "The two of them really took care of each
other," Feifer recalled. "He was her teddy bear, and she was just his
little princess." The
future of that film and Murphy's other thriller, "Something Wicked," is
uncertain. Neither has secured theatrical distribution

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