Brittany made a name for herself playing quirky, eccentric roles--from the goofy skater girl in Clueless, to psych-ward patients in Girl, Interrupted and Don't Say A Word, to even the voice of trailer-park airhead Luann Platter in the animated series King Of The Hill. So it made sense that she crossed over to the edgier music scene--not just in 8 Mile, in which she played Eminem's love interest (aka the "Kim Mathers" role), but as a vocalist in her own right.
And Brittany was one of the few singing actresses to make a credible crossover into music, scoring a club hit in 2006 alongside techno guru Paul Oakenfold (pictured with Brittany above) with the floor-filler "Faster Kill Pussycat":
And while Brittany did not dive full-fledged into a music career, she did prove her vocal and performance chops in occasional appearances, like during this guest spot at a Pussycat Dolls revue, belting out a Bjork song:
She also contributed covers of the Queen anthem "Somebody To Love" and Earth, Wind & Fire's disco classic "Boogie Wonderland" to the Happy Feet soundtrack:
It is sad that such a talent is gone, especially in this tough year that has been filled with the losses of so many showbiz legends. In future years, Brittany may have developed into a fine character actress, and possibly a fine recording artist as well. She will be missed.
- Brittany Murphy