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Brittany Murphy on 'King of the Hill': The Best of Luanne Platter

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Dec 20th 2009 7:00PM
It wasn't her bare midriff, pouffy blonde bangs or dubious hairdressing talent that made Luanne Platter the lovable character she was for over a decade on 'King of the Hill.' It was that voice: part baby talk, part soft, somewhat Southwestern drawl, part simpleton and all Brittany Murphy.

In light of Murphy's sudden passing, let's take a moment to reflect on Luanne's place in the pantheon of animated characters.It wasn't her bare midriff, pouffy blonde bangs or dubious hairdressing talent that made Luanne Platter the lovable character she was for over a decade on 'King of the Hill.' It was that voice: part baby talk, part soft, somewhat Southwestern drawl, part simpleton and all Brittany Murphy.

In light of Murphy's sudden passing, let's take a moment to reflect on Luanne's place in the pantheon of animated characters.

How about the time politically apathetic Luanne thwarted her right-leaning uncle Hank's attempts to get her to vote by endorsing the Communist candidate ("Long live the people's revolution!")? Or her questionably British ("wot-wot"), monocle-and top hat-sporting penguin sock puppet from her puppet troupe, the "Manger Babies?"

There was also no disputing the sweetness of the Hallmark moment when, after she got pregnant, Luanne's dreams finally came true with her (literal) shotgun wedding to boyfriend Lucky (voiced by Tom Petty).

While 'King of the Hill' ended its run on Fox in September -- becoming the second longest running American animated series ever -- fans can still catch reruns of Luanne and the Hills on Adult Swim (weeknights at 10PM on Cartoon Network).

Murphy first gave voice to Luanne Leanne Platter -- a character named for the Lu Ann platter at the restaurant chain Luby's -- in 1997. The ditzy character was not too far removed from the role she portrayed as Cher Horowitz's (Alicia Silverstone) friend Tai in the 1995 film 'Clueless,' a movie chock-full of precious airheads.

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Back then, Hank Hill figured Luanne, his wife Peggy's niece, would eventually leave his house. The character -- who dreamed of becoming a hairstylist and seemingly foretold the popularity of the Bump-It -- actually stuck around for 12 seasons as a "guest" in the Hill household, hanging out until her eventual departure with husband and baby.

Without the perpetually perplexed Luanne's interactions with the Hills, we wouldn't have gotten to witness gems like this:

Peggy: "Luanne, have you ever wondered *why* I spend every Friday night with you?"
Luanne: "Because I challenge you ... with my intellectual."

Take a look back at the life and times of Luanne Platter in this funny fan video:

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