Cybill Shepherd to play Nancy Crampton Brophy in Lifetime movie about Portland’s notorious murder case

Another true crime story with Oregon roots is getting the TV movie treatment. In the upcoming Lifetime movie, “How to Murder Your Husband,” Cybill Shepherd will star as Nancy Crampton Brophy, who in June was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband, Daniel Brophy, an instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Southwest Portland.

The case drew national attention, which was fueled by the fact that Crampton Brophy was also an aspiring romance writer, who had written an essay titled, “How to Murder Your Husband,” which was published in 2011.

Daniel Brophy was found, as The Oregonian/OregonLive reported, “bleeding on the floor of a classroom near a kitchen sink where he was working at the now-defunct cooking school at about 8:30 a.m. on June 2, 2018.” In May of 2022, Crampton Brophy was found guilty of shooting and killing her husband.

Shepherd has appeared in other projects for Lifetime, including “The Client List” and “Drop Dead Diva.” Costarring in “How to Murder Your Husband” is Steve Guttenberg, who will play Daniel Brophy. Stephen Tolkin is the writer and director.

“How to Murder Your Husband” premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 14, 2023. The other three “Ripped From the Headlines” TV movies that will follow “How to Murder Your Husband” are “Bad Behind Bars: Jodi Arias,” starring Celinda Sinden (Jan. 21); “Sherri Papini: I Kidnapped Myself,” starring Jaime King (Jan. 28); and “Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation,” starring Jennifer Grey (Feb. 4).

(Don’t have cable? You can stream Lifetime movies on DirecTV Stream, which offers a free trial; and on fubo TV, which also offers a free trial.)

— Kristi Turnquist

503-221-8227;; @Kristiturnquist

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