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Brittany Murphy’s Most Iconic Roles, From Clueless Tai To Sinful Shellie

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While it remains to be seen what comes out of Lifetime’s TV version of Brittany Murphy’s career and personal story, one thing is clear: the beloved actress had a number of iconic roles despite her short-lived career. Everyone from Clueless Tai to Shellie from Sin City is here as we look back on the most iconic Murphy roles we hope get covered in her Lifetime story.

In the words of Cher’s best friend slash makeover challenge, these roles were totally “doable.”

(If you can’t get enough of her film roles below, then check out her looks throughout the years in the gallery above.)

Tai, Clueless (1995)


In her second film role, Murphy played the high schooler who wasn’t a virgin and could drive. The role turned out to be a total Valley Girl who defied all stereotypes.

Luanne Platter, King of the Hill (1997-2009)


Though not seen on screen, Murphy was heard as one of the voices that populated Arlen, TX. As Luanne, she personified a sensitive airhead that at first glance might have resembled Tai from Clueless.

Lisa Swenson, Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)


Sure the film was a bomb at the box office but it quickly became a cult classic, thanks to the many side characters played by the likes of Murphy. These women gave life to the world of pageant competitions.

Daisy Randone, Girl Interrupted (1999)


Murphy paired her DDG role with a part in the Winona Rider Oscar-bait film about a woman who spends 18 months in a mental institution. Murphy filled out a strong supporting cast that included Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg, and Vanessa Redgrave.

Fay Forrester, Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)


In the early ‘00s, Murphy found her sweet spot on film as everyone’s favorite, quirky best girlfriend. In Riding in Cars, she strives to move beyond life as a young mother trying to make it on her own.

Nikki, Spun (2002)


In this twisted dark comedy crime caper, Murphy plays a drug addict caught up in the middle of a meth raid. The actress’ bug-eyed, slender look scarily plays up Murphy’s own post-‘90s, slender look while tapping into her zany personality.

Alex Latourno, 8 Mile (2002)


After taking roles in a few indie movies, Murphy returned to the mainstream alongside Eminem in his debut film role. As Em’s love interest Alex, she swoops in with the right mix of white trash and sex appeal.

Shellie, Sin City (2005)


While a small role in the ensemble big screen adaptation of the graphic novel, Murphy made her scenes as the knife-wielding girlfriend on the edge sting. Don’t cross her.

Lifetime’s The Brittany Murphy Story premieres on Saturday at 8PM EST. Share your favorite Murphy role in the comments below.

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Joan Rivers: 25 Jokes That Show How She Blended Humor, Hardship and Chutzpah

Following the death of Joan Rivers at age 81 on Thursday, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a statement: “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” it read in part.

Onstage and on TV, the sharp-tongued and absolutely fearless comedian did just that by taking on everyone from Hollywood stars to housework. She also used humor to get through the sometimes extremely tough times in her career and in her personal life, and plenty of her schtick included self-deprecation about her own looks, aging and sex appeal.

Here are some of Joan’s thoughts, jokes and one-liners that will help fans laugh again – and remember the way she saw the world through a lens of humor:

“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.”

“I think anyone who’s perfectly happy isn’t particularly funny.”

“My love life is like a piece of Swiss cheese. Most of it’s missing, and what’s there stinks.”

“I’ve learned: When you get older, who cares? I don’t mince words, I don’t hold back. What are you gonna do to me? Fire me? It’s been done. Threaten to commit suicide? Done. Take away my show? Done! Not invite to me to the Vanity Fair party? I’ve never been invited! If I ever saw the invitation, I’d use it as toilet paper.”

“I’ve learned what’s funny verbally ain’t so funny on e-mail: They don’t hear your intonations. Melissa broke up with somebody over that. She tried to tell him: ‘That was a joke!’ But he just didn’t get it. Mick Jagger said, ‘F––– ’em if they don’t get the joke.’ And I love him. That comes with age: Knowing it’s their problem, not mine.”

“Comedians are the lucky ones, because if you’re funny, you can be 125 years old and they will still accept you.”

“My best birth control now is to just leave the lights on.”

“She’s so fat, she’s my two best friends.”

“The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.”

“You know you’re getting old when you buy a sexy sheer nightgown and don’t know anyone who can see through it.”

“I have a wonderful psychiatrist that I see maybe once a year, because I don’t need it. It all comes out onstage.”

“Life is very tough. If you don’t laugh, it’s tough.”

“My routines come out of total unhappiness. My audiences are my group therapy.”

“Anyone that says looks don’t count is lying. Of course they do. Even babies go to the attractive face. It’s the way humans work.”

“I have no sex appeal; if my husband didn’t toss and turn, we’d never have had the kid.”

“I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.”

“Grandchildren can be f–––ing annoying – how many times can you go ‘And the cow goes moo and the pig goes oink’? It’s like talking to a supermodel.”

“I don’t think I’m good in bed; my husband never said anything, but after we made love he’d take a piece of chalk and outline my body.”

“The fashion magazines are suggesting that women wear clothes that are ‘age appropriate’ … for me that would be a shroud.”

“Is she fat? … Her favorite food is seconds.”

“She doesn’t understand the concept of Roman numerals; she thought we just fought in world war eleven.”

“Looking fifty is great – if you’re sixty.”

“I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.”

“I always like a charity with people who don’t speak English because I get them to do all kinds of things around my house.”

“Don’t make friends with your dogs! The sons of bitches will literally die ahead of you and cause you grief.”

Make ‘Em Laugh: Joan Rivers’s Best Lines

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Keke Palmer Gets a Pixie Cut (PHOTO)

09/04/2014 at 10:34 AM ET

Keke Palmer has always followed her gut instead of the pack when it comes to fashion, and it looks like she’s doing the same with her hair as well. At a time when stars are letting their spring pixie cuts grow out (see: Julianne Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Lawrence), she’s gone ahead and chopped a short, spiky do just in time for fall.

Keke Palmer gets a pixieBennett Raglin/BET/Getty; Robin Marchant/WireImage

Fresh off rocking a super-long, intricate pony at the Emmys (see behind-the-scenes prep photos here!) and a few days before taking the stage on Broadway as Cinderella, Palmer, 21, debuted her brand-new do at an event for her upcoming show. Wearing a lace crop top and distressed jeans and showing off Stuart Weitzman’s Cinderella slippers, the star beamed underneath her just-cropped cut.

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According to Keke’s stylist Ursula Stephen, “Short has been on Keke’s mind since sometime last year but, she wasn’t quite ready. Now that she’s moved to NYC, has the new role as Cinderella — and not to mention turning 21! — she was ready for a new look, one that represented who she was. She said said she wanted a cut that was adorable! And I think we nailed it.”

Keke visited Stephens’s salon on Tuesday, where, Stephen says, “She was so excited throughout the whole process! So giggly, happy and dancing all over the salon. It was a fun time.” And as for maintenance? No problem. “I told her all she needed to do was apply a cream moisturizer at night and protect it with a silk scarf or head band,” Stephen says. “In the morning apply some serum (Motions Radiating Gloss is my favorite) mixed with a little Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade, then style it with her fingers or a wide tooth styling comb.”

While we’re sure Palmer’s former long, luxurious locks had a little help from extensions, her new look is a total 180° — and a fun, fresh look for the Masters of Sex star. Are you loving it? Weigh in below!

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Jackie Fields

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Homeless to Howard: A Displaced Teen’s College Dream Comes True

Homeless to Howard: A Displaced Teen's College Dream Comes True

James Ward and Jessica Sutherland

Amanda Friedman

09/04/2014 AT 02:20 PM EDT

Raised poor in Los Angeles, James Ward once lived in a shelter with his mom and two siblings for five months. But he never let go of his dream of going to a top college.

That dream finally seemed within reach in August of 2013. Accepted by multiple colleges, Ward, then 19, was getting ready to head off to his first choice school: renowned Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Then, in a moment, everything changed when a large chunk of his student loan package was suddenly denied.

“It was devastating,” Ward, now 20, tells PEOPLE. “There was no way I could attend Howard without those loans.”

But his mentor, Jessica Sutherland, 35, refused to let Ward’s dream slip away. Sutherland, a digital producer who grew up homeless near Cleveland, Ohio, met Ward in 2012 while volunteering at the shelter where he was staying.

“I thought, if Jessica was able to go to college,” Ward says, “I could do it, too. We came from similar backgrounds. That’s what really clicked for me.”

Ward, then a high school junior, asked Sutherland for help.

“James stood out to me,” Sutherland says. “I saw the promise and potential in him. I felt this kid could go the distance.”

For the rest of the year, Sutherland coached Ward in SAT prep and essay writing and wrote him letters of recommendation. He was accepted to nine colleges, including Howard, by early 2013.

So when his dream became endangered, Sutherland swung into action.

“I thought, if he doesn’t go to college now, he may never go,” Sutherland says. “It was so emotional.”

Launching a blog about Ward’s plight and working her social media contacts, Sutherland raised $2,000 in donations in just eight hours. After the campaign went viral with help from Teach for America and celebrities like rapper Common, a total of $77,000 was raised in less than two months.

“My whole life was changed forever by total strangers,” Ward says. “I saw another side of humanity.”

“The beauty of Jessica and James’s relationship is that her life was transformed as much as she transformed his,” says Rev. Andy Bales of the Union Rescue Mission, where the pair met.

With a portion of the money raised, Sutherland and Ward have launched the nonprofit Homeless to Higher Ed to help displaced and aged-out foster youth adapt to college.

“We want to wear our homelessness as a badge of honor to show there’s no shame in asking for help,” Sutherland says.

Says Ward, who’s now a sophomore physics major at Howard and whose family is transitioning out of homelessness: “I want to help others in the situation that I was in, because someone out there was willing to take a chance on me.”

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