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Any Brittany Murphy fans here besides me? Seems she died this morning, seemingly of… well, I’m not quite sure anymore. Rather saddened by it, personally. More pics below the fold. Consider this an open thread for whatever’s on your minds.

Photo credit: Michel Euler, Associated Press


“Now, I’m getting verklempt! Talk amongst yourselves. I’ll give you a topic: The Thighmaster is neither a thigh nor a master. Discuss!”


  1. I think I read Perez Hilton says everyone could see it coming…

    Fine friends they turned out to be.

    She was married to a British scriptwriter, and so this is no great advertisement for my nationality or trade.

    I wrote the other day about Palin and the fame system: we don’t help, reading those gossip columns and blogs, at one moment elevating people and then laughing as we dash them from their pedestals. It’s no way to live.

    I’ve just finished the libretto called Mrs Gucci, about Patrizia Reggiani Gucci, who married into the brand, and in female version of Othello, had her husband gunned down with the help of her Mafia connected spiritual advisor and psychic counsellor, Pina Auriemma. Part of the lyrics of the title song are somewhat appropriate here.

    Oh Mrs Gucci,

    You excelled as 

    Mrs Gucci.

    How you amazed us all

    With your meteoric fall.

    Oh Mrs Gucci,

    Yes you blazed as 

    Mrs Gucci.

    The world is waiting for the sound,

    Of you crashing to the ground.


    Wish I could upload the freshly recorded track, but I’d have to make a Youtube of it, and my composer might not approve.

  2. fogiv

    Misty’s been out all day, and I’ve been hanging with my little handful (Jacj Jack) all day, which has made internetting nigh on impossible while TV has been limited to reruns of Blues Clues.

    This is sad, I was a fan.  We just watched her in Love and Other Disasters night before last.

  3. Sad, so young.

    Donna and I have a fire going, the kids in bed, coffee and Carolans and the only real “Scrooge” on the telly.  Time to leave the computer alone for a bit.

  4. DTOzone

    This is gonna sound a little wrong, but I was thinking “gee, I hope that they find it was an aneurysem or something”

    I’m sick to think of all these celebrities going down on drugs. She seemed a lot clearner and a lot more on the level than others like Linday Lohan. I think Murphy was also very underrated. Some of her performances were stellar IMO. Clueless, being one of my favorite movies of all time, but Girl: Interrupted (where her las scene now rings of irony), Spun, 8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Little Black Book.

    I feel like this is Aaliyah and Heath Ledger redux…with those two, since they passed, I keep seeing trailers and thinking “gee, I wonder if Aaliyah/Heath Ledger would play that role if they were still alive”

    I’ll feel the same for Murphy.

    In her memory;

    “Why should I listen to you, you’re a virgin…who…CAN’T…DRIVE”  

  5. rfahey22

    People generally don’t have cardiac arrest at age 32, unless the damage was brought on by something like drugs or anorexia.  I guess it was shocking that it happened, but not surprising in the sense that it was completely unexpected.

  6. HappyinVT

    Policy wonks and deficit hawks weren’t the only ones paying attention when President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act last week. HIV activists, public health experts and communities of drug users celebrated-not for what’s in the appropriations bill, but for what’s not in it: a ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs, which has appeared in the federal budget every year since 1988.

    After two decades, this change is a historic achievement. Obama had already missed one opportunity to lift the ban, neglecting to pull it out of his budget in May. Still, that same month former Seattle chief of police Gil Kerlikowske was sworn in as the director of national drug control policy, calling for a new common-sense approach to drug addiction. When the drug czar calls for an end to the war on drugs, it’s clearly the start of a new era.

    h/t balloon juice

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