Brittany MurphyBrittany Murphy, the spunky actress known for starring roles in Clueless, Sin City and Girl, Interrupted, went into cardiac arrest Sunday morning and was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 32.

More out of the public eye recently, it appeared Murphy was about to return in full force, with five films currently in post-production, all due for release in 2010.

Though she got her start in Hollywood at the age of 14 - with guest spots on US TV shows like Murphy Brown, Blossom and Sister, Sister and a starring role on the short-lived series Almost Home - it was her fresh-faced naïveté in 1995's Clueless that made her a star. Brittany MurphyBrittany Murphy, the spunky actress known for starring roles in Clueless, Sin City and Girl, Interrupted, went into cardiac arrest Sunday morning and was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 32.

More out of the public eye recently, it appeared Murphy was about to return in full force, with five films currently in post-production, all due for release in 2010.

Though she got her start in Hollywood at the age of 14 - with guest spots on US TV shows like Murphy Brown, Blossom and Sister, Sister and a starring role on the short-lived series Almost Home - it was her fresh-faced naïveté in 1995's Clueless that made her a star.

As transfer student Tai, Murphy had some of the most memorable scenes in the movie, including calling Alicia Silverstone's character Cher "a virgin who can't drive" and singing 'Rolling with the Homies' at her first big high school party in Beverly Hills.

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Her achingly realistic portrayal of meth addict Nikki in 2002's 'Spun' showed that Murphy could conquer drama as well as comedy. She would reunite with co-star Mickey Rourke in 2005's 'Sin City.'

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In 2002, Murphy was both sassy and sexy as Eminem's love interest, Alex, in 8 Mile. Though both scoffed at rumours of an off-screen romance, there was no denying their chemistry. Murphy enthusiastically rapped along to Em's performance of "Without Me" at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards.

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For her 2003 flick Uptown Girls with Dakota Fanning, Murphy answered questions about the film submitted from AOL Moviefone fans. She later named Fanning as a co-star she kept in touch with in a questionnaire for a Cosmopolitan magazine cover story.

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Then there was Just Married, her 2003 romantic comedy with Ashton Kutcher. The co-stars turned their onscreen love into a real-life romance, Kutcher's last known Hollywood relationship before he met and married Demi Moore.

After news of Murphy's death broke, Kutcher took to Twitter with his thoughts saying: "2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany's family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon." Then: "see you on the other side kid."

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2005's star-studded graphic novel adaptation 'Sin City' marked yet another dark turn in Murphy's career. She played Shellie, a tough-talking waitress who quickly learns to stand up to her aggressors.

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Murphy's career stretched beyond movies though. In 2006, she teamed with musician Paul Oakenfold to do vocals on his dance hit 'Faster Kill Pussycat.'

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She was also known as the voice of Luanne Platter on Fox's animated TV series King of the Hill, which ran for 13 seasons.

And these are just some of her most memorable roles - did we miss one that you love? Share your favorite memories of Brittany Murphy with us in the comments.
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