Brittany Murphy is born in Atlanta, Georgia to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. She is raised by her single mother in Edison, New Jersey. She has two older half-brothers and a younger half-sister. She attends Verne Fowler School of Dance and Theatre Arts in Colonia, New Jersey. Her mother:
I raised Brittany alone. We didn’t have much at first, but we always had each other. My daughter and I were our only family, and we were inseparable and always there for each other in good times and bad.