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, Just Married, Uptown Girls, and Frank Miller’s Sin City.

Brittany was 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. Angelo was the son of Serafino Bertolotti and Maria Botti. Brittany’s great-grandmother Maria Torcicoda was the daughter of Luigi Torcicoda and Maria Bergonzi.

Brittany’s paternal grandmother was Loretta Robilotto (born Aurelia Robilotta, the daughter of Giuseppe Robilotto and Caterina Leonarda Maria Sinisgalli). Loretta was an Italian emigrant, from Montemurro, Potenza. Giuseppe was born Giuseppe Maria Robilotta, and later changed his surname to Robilotto. He was the son of Domenico Robilotta and Margherita di Lorenzo. Caterina was the daughter of Maurizio Sinisgalli and Aurelia Leonarda Maria Friguglietti.

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/Sofia 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 (grandmother’s sister) –

Obituary of Brittany’s maternal great-aunt (grandmother’s sister) –

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. Capricious says:

    Definitely does

  2. Jaja says:

    Not Slovak, but Rusyn from what is now Slovakia.

  3. theropod says:

    She reminds me of Rita Ora…so I get her ‘Slovak’ input.

  4. me says:

    She looked more Italian,but she looked part black.I’ve seen some women with these same characteristics with recent African ancestry.
    This is a pic of her when she had curly hair and with a bit overweight in Clueless:

  5. Roger Is My Lover says:

    Eastern European?

    Could you be more specific?

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.