Brittany Murphy

Murphy in 2002, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Brittany Anne Bertolotti

Date of Birth: November 10, 1977

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Death: December 20, 2009

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

*50% Italian
*25% Irish
*25% Slovak

Brittany Murphy was an American actress and singer. She starred in the films 8 Mile, Uptown Girls, and Frank Miller’s Sin City.

Brittany is the daughter of Sharon and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. She was of Italian descent on her father’s side, and of Irish and Slovak ancestry on her mother’s side. She stated in an interview that she attributed her olive complexion to her Italian roots. Brittany was married to British filmmaker Simon Monjack, until her death.

Brittany’s paternal grandfather was Anthony Bertolotti (the son of Angelo Bertolotti and Maria Torcicoda). Anthony was born in New York, to Italian parents.

Brittany’s paternal grandmother was Loretta Robilotto (the daughter of Giuseppe Robilotto and Caterina Sinisgalli). Loretta was an Italian immigrant.

Brittany’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Murphy. He had or has Irish ancestry.

Brittany’s maternal grandmother was born Elizabeth Kochan (the daughter of Wasil Kochan and Sophie Salanski). Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania. Wasil and Sophie were Slovak emigrants, listed as being from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, with Wasil being from Ľubeľa, which is now in Slovakia. Elizabeth’s family were Eastern Orthodox Christians.

It has often been stated on the internet that Brittany’s maternal grandmother was Jewish. This is not accurate.

Sources: Brittany’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Brittany’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth “Betty” Kochan, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Wedding record of Brittany’s great-aunt, Kathryn Kochan (Kathryn was the sister of Brittany’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Kochan) –

World War II Draft Registration record of Brittany’s maternal great-grandfather, Wasil Kochan –

Irish Abroad reference to Brittany’s Irish heritage –

2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Murphy with husband Simon Monjack, 2007, photo by prphotos


Curious about ethnicity

25 Responses

  1. cwm85 says:

    I thought she had Italian… another sctress… gone too soon

  2. passingtime85 says:

    Wait a minute, I thought her grandmother was Jewish?

  3. neiltennant says:

    she looked mostly italian

    remember her in clueless when she was the italian dark haired and dark eyed girl ?

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