When is the Brittany Murphy documentary hitting HBO Max?

Everything you need to know about 'What Happened, Brittany Murphy?'

Brittany Murphy during "Uptown Girls" Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States
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When is the Brittany Murphy documentary available for streaming? Fans of the Clueless and Uptown Girls actress are still piecing together facts about her life and what led to her untimely death. Sadly, it seems like the late star's final days are still a mystery. 

What Happened, Brittany Murphy? is a two-part release on the fall lineup for HBO Max. It particularly focuses on her marriage to 40-year-old screenwriter Simon Monjack, whom the film painted as a conman and the one responsible for her failing health.

If you ask some of the documentary's interviewees, Murphy and Monjack's union was the beginning of the end—for both of them. After a difficult time in Hollywood, and after rumors of the actress's unstable behavior on sets and drug use, Murphy and Monjack crossed paths. According to the trailer of the doc, he became very controlling of the star and wouldn't let her out of his sight. 

"Once they got married, they were holed up in that house 24/7," one source alleges. "Nobody got close to her."

What's more is that a once-healthy young woman lost her life due to pneumonia, anemia and drug intoxication. Monjack's death followed five months after his wife's, due to similar causes. 

For the past 12 years since their passing, the bizarre circumstances have lent to more questions than answers. Here's what you need to know.

When is the Brittany Murphy documentary coming out?

As of October 14, viewers are able to access What Happened, Brittany Murphy on HBO Max. If you don't already have a subscription to the platform, you can sign up below.

HBO Max subscription plans start at $9.99 per month with advertisements or $14.99 without. The latter plan also includes same-day theatrical releases of Warner Bros. films, like the upcoming Dune, as well as the option to download and watch content offline.  

Watch the 'What Happened, Brittany Murphy?' trailer:

How old was Brittany Murphy when she died?

Sadly, Brittany Murphy died at just 32 years old. Her mother called 911 upon finding her daughter unconscious. 

Brittany Murphy movies: What did she star in?

Murphy rose to fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Here are some of the films she's best known for: 

  • Clueless
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • 8 Mile
  • Uptown Girls
  • Little Black Book 
  • Sin City
  • Just Married

Dakota Fanning on Brittany Murphy death

The two actresses who worked together on Uptown Girls shared a special bond, and Fanning is always eager to point out Murphy's disposition.

"She just taught me to always have fun, she was such a ray of light and had such a playful spirit, so I think just—she made every day special for me," Fanning revealed in 2021. "She was so wonderful."

According to entertainment sources, the documentary follows a true crime format, but fans are also eager to look back at positive moments in the star's life, from her desire for fame to her successful movie roles. Brittany Murphy's legacy will live on, particularly with '90s babies, and it's unfortunate how her fans didn't get to watch her career evolve.

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