Afterlives of the Rich and Famous

Brittany Murphy

An actress who seemed to pack a few lifetimes into her brief thirty-two years on earth this time around, Brittany Anne Murphy was born on November 10, 1977, in Atlanta. Her mother, Sharon Murphy, divorced her father, Angelo Bertolotti, when Brit
tany was two years old, and she was raised by her mother. Sharon and her baby daughter moved to Edison, New Jersey, where Brittany began performing at the age of two and starred in a regional production of the musical Really Rosie when she was nine years old. She was thirteen when her mother agreed to move to Los Angeles, so that Brittany could pursue her acting career in a more promising city, and the relocation immediately proved profitable when she landed her first television job on the sitcom
Blossom. A supporting role on a short-lived Fox sitcom called Drexell’s Class followed, as did a steady stream of other television appearances on such series as Almost Home, Frasier, Party of Five, and Boy Meets World. Through the course of her career she added TV movies to her resume, particularly The Devil’s Arithmetic, David and Lisa, Megafault, and Tribute, and her talent as a voice actor won her the role of Luanne Platter on the long-running animated show King of the Hill.

She inevitably found her way to the big screen, where she starred in a variety of hit films, including Clueless, Girl Interrupted,
and Drop Dead Gorgeous. She became a favorite of writer-director Edward Burns, who cast her in Sidewalks of New York and The Groomsmen, and she costarred with her real-life boyfriend Ashton Kutcher in Just Married in 2003, a film whose success outlasted the tabloid-favored relationship, which ended shortly after the movie was released.

Her private life remained turbulent for a while, with two broken engagements in 2005 and 2006, but in 2007 she found happiness through her marriage to British writer Simon Monjack. In the meantime, her career continued to show great promise—she provided the voice for Gloria the penguin in the charming 2006 hit feature Happy Feet, gave an especially wonderful performance in 2008’s comedy-drama The Ramen Girl, and completed the thriller Abandoned in 2009. But in late
2009, rumors of drug use and unprofessional behavior spread, and there was added concern over what appeared to be a sudden and shocking weight loss.

On December 20, 2009, she collapsed in the Los Angeles home she shared with her husband and her mother. Paramedics’ efforts to resuscitate her failed, and at the age of thirty-two Brittany Murphy was pronounced dead on arrival at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of an apparent cardiac arrest. According to the coroner who performed the autopsy, the cause of death was a combination of pneumonia, anemia, and both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. In her short life she completed an amazing thirty-seven films, six television movies, and, including her voice work on King of the Hill, almost three hundred TV series episodes, and loved ones and critics alike agree that she was just getting started.

From Francine

Brittany didn’t chart a lengthy incarnation for herself this most recent time around, which is why she approached her personal and professional lives almost compulsively since childhood. Her chosen life themes of Experiencer and Catalyst were perfectly suited to her determination to telescope as much as possible into her abbreviated lifetime, and as with so many Experiencers, it felt natural to her to be occasionally undiscerning to the point of excess. As happens to all of us when we’re Home again, she became fully conscious of her immortality and clearly remembered her two past lives—one in the late 1600s, when she was born prematurely and died in infancy from underdeveloped lungs, and a second from 1769 until 1852, in which she lived a long, harsh, cruel life as a slave in Virginia. It’s not uncommon for those who’ve been confined in one incarnation to, let’s say, overcompensate as Experiencers in their next lifetime and have trouble knowing when, where, and how to draw the line.

It’s interesting too to notice how cell memory from her previous death in infancy affected her health in this most recent incarnation, as her body remembered those underdeveloped lungs and the resulting heart problems from oxygen deprivation (she talks of having had several severe heart murmurs) and recreated them so effectively that she was unable to successfully overcome pneumonia and the lethal combination of medications she believed were helping her.

Those who knew her well sometimes referred to her as a “young soul.” In a way she was, but this is a commonly misunderstood term. All souls are eternal. We were all created by God an eternity ago, and we will all live eternally. Those souls you perceive as “young” are simply less experienced on earth than those “old” souls, who have incarnated many times. It’s perfectly natural that Brittany, who was only on her third incarnation, often struck those around her as being oddly unworldly for someone who “on paper” seemed so experienced.

Brittany is a somewhat unique being here at Home in that she’s stayed very much to herself since she arrived and continues to look rather thin and haggard at a time when most spirits have begun the process of healing. It seems that she’s already made the decision to reincarnate and has been having preliminary audiences with the Council for its guidance in designing a chart that will act as what she refers to as “the hair of the dog that bit me”—she believes that her spirit will benefit most from a quick return to earth and a fresh start. All she seems certain of at the moment is that she will incarnate as a female, live in Portugal, and find peace in a life she describes as “exquisitely unremarkable.”

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