December 20th, 2009
05:53 PM ET

Brittany Murphy, 1977-2009

I don't remember whether I saw her first in "Clueless" or an episode of the amazing "Murder One," but Brittany Murphy usually stood out from the crowd.  Her performances as damaged or unbalanced characters were particularly compelling: "Girl, Interrupted" and "Don't Say A Word" come to mind.

I wasn't a huge fan, but I'm sad that her life was cut so short, and that it's likely she'll be remembered more for her early death and whatever the police and coroner's investigations find than her considerable on-screen talent.  RIP, Tai.

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