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Mysterious Death Of Brittany Murphy To Be Explored In New Lifetime Biopic This September

By Ashley Griggs | August 13, 2014 04:03 PM EDT

Brittany Murphy appeared in countless unforgettable films, such as "Clueless," "Uptown Girls," and "Girl, Interrupted." Now fans of the late actress will be given a glimpse into her life as the first long-form film about the star is set to appear on Lifetime in September.

While the two-hour Lifetime biopic will detail the ups and downs of Murphy's all-too-short life, the film will also touch on the mysterious circumstances surrounding her tragic death at age 32.

Murphy will be portrayed by actress Amanda Fuller, best known for her role in "Last Man standing." The film is set to explore Murphy's early days in Hollywood and her relationship with her mother, Sharon Murphy, who helped navigate her daughter's path to stardom and served as Murphy's support system.

Lifetime claims that the film will focus on Murphy's close bond with her mother, although "that enduring love wasn't enough to save her sensitive Brittany from the vicissitudes of Hollywood life."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sharon Murphy's representative stated, "she was not consulted for the movie and has not cooperated with the production in any way."

In addition to Murphy's early days as a young actress and effort to find success in an imaged obsessed Hollywood, the biopic will also venture into the period after Murphy's premature death, which was frequently questioned by the media.  

The Lifetime film will depict the controversy surrounding the death and Sharon Murphy's "[struggle] with being thrust once more into the limelight to talk about her beloved little girl."

According to the Associated Press, Murphy's 2009 death was ruled "natural" by the Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter. The primary cause of death was deemed pneumonia in combination with anemia and prescription drugs.

However, when Murphy's widower Simon Monjack was also found dead of pneumonia and anemia at their Hollywood Hills home, the same location as that of Murphy's death, the circumstances surrounding both tragedies were called into question. Sharon Murphy announced in 2011 that she believed "toxic mold" was a factor in her daughter's death. In November 2013, Murphy's father Bertolotti obtained the release of his daughter's tissue samples and submitted them to an independent lab for testing, suggesting that he believed his daughter may have been poisoned.   

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