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Brittany Murphy's funeral to be Thursday

By Alan Duke, CNN
Actress Brittany Murphy, 32, died Sunday of natural causes, and there was no sign of foul play or trauma, authorities say.
Actress Brittany Murphy, 32, died Sunday of natural causes, and there was no sign of foul play or trauma, authorities say.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Family of Brittany Murphy hopes for larger memorial in early 2010, spokesman Alex Ben Block says
  • The funeral, which is private and invitation only, will include Christian and Jewish clergy
  • Authorities have said the 32-year-old appeared to have died Sunday of natural causes
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Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- A private funeral service for actress Brittany Murphy will be conducted Thursday evening at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Cemetery, a family spokesman said.

The family is hoping to have a larger memorial early in the new year to share memories of Murphy but nothing is confirmed yet, spokesman Alex Ben Block said.

Murphy was pronounced dead Sunday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

Authorities said the 32-year-old appeared to have died Sunday of natural causes, and there was no sign of foul play or trauma.

The funeral, which is private and invitation only, will include Christian and Jewish clergy, Block said.

Murphy is survived by her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, whom she married in 2007.

The often bubbly, free-spirited actress appeared in such films as "Clueless," "8 Mile," "Don't Say a Word" and "Girl, Interrupted." She also lent her voice to animated works, including the movie "Happy Feet" -- in which she also sang -- and a regular role on the animated TV series "King of the Hill."

Murphy was best known for her work in a string of romantic comedies earlier this decade, including playing lead roles in "Uptown Girls" alongside fellow Georgia native Dakota Fanning, and "Little Black Book" with Holly Hunter and Kathy Bates. But her movie roles had declined in recent years.

Last month, Murphy was reportedly fired from "The Caller," a movie she was working on in Puerto Rico.

Her representative issued a statement to news outlets disputing the report, saying, "She was not, nor has she ever been fired from any job big or small. ... [Due] to creative differences Ms. Murphy and the production mutually parted ways," according to People magazine.

Murphy was the subject of tabloid gossip after she transformed from a pudgy brunette in 1995's "Clueless" to a petite, lithe blonde who graced the cover of such magazines as Cosmopolitan in 2005. She frequently denied rumors of an eating disorder and plastic surgery.

Her love life also was fodder for gossip sites as she broke two engagements in 2004 and 2006, then married Monjack after four months of dating.

CNN's Brittany Kaplan contributed to this report.