Brittany Murphy and her late husband, Simon Monjack, weren’t married lengthy earlier than her premature demise in 2010 — however the couple continues to garner headlines.
The Clueless actress first met the British screenwriter when she was 17, however the pair didn’t begin courting till 2006. The couple tied the knot the next 12 months, which shocked lots of Murphy’s household and mates, together with her King of the Hill costar Kathy Najimy.
The HBO Max documentary What Happened, Brittany Murphy? takes a more in-depth take a look at the troubled relationship between the pair, who died inside two months of each other. In the two-part film, launched in October 2021, Najimy mentioned folks within the Sin City actress’ life have been “scared and freaked out” by Monjack.
“Like, who was this man and what was taking place?” the Hocus Pocus actress mentioned within the doc. “She needed to marry him, and I mentioned, ‘Honey, it’s not been lengthy sufficient.’”
Before saying “I do,” Murphy had been concerned in excessive profile romances together with her 8 Mile costar Eminem and Ashton Kutcher, who starred together with her within the 2003 comedy Just Married. She was engaged twice, first to producer Jeff Kwatinetz for almost 5 months in 2004 and once more the next 12 months, to Joe Macaluso, a manufacturing assistant on her 2004 film Little Black Book. The pair ended their romance in August 2006, shortly earlier than she took up with Monjack.
While many appeared confused by the pairing, Murphy instructed OK Magazine in April 2009, eight months earlier than she died, that “the best determination I ever made in my life was getting married.”
However, within the HBO Max doc, these near the Girl, Interrupted actress describe Monjack as a sinister presence in her life. Alex Merkin, who directed Murphy’s 2009 film Across the Hall remembers seeing crimson flags within the Two Days, Nine Lives director. Merkin claimed he exhibited “Jekyll and Hyde conduct” and typically appeared “out of it.”
The man on the helm of one in every of Murphy’s ultimate movies remembered the Georgia native coming to set and “be[ing] in a very good place, and then I might see her go off with Simon.” When she would come again, Merkin mentioned he “felt a stark change in her temper.”
Following her demise, many together with Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, accused Monjack of getting a hand in her demise — one thing the Factory Girl producer vehemently denied months earlier than his personal May 2010 demise.
“Our marriage was dogged by these ridiculous rumors. Brittany’s life was dogged by ridiculous rumors, and the reality all the time wins out,” he instructed Us Weekly in February 2010. “I hope folks have the sense to essentially perceive that every part was stunning and great in our relationship and so pure.”
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