A Thousand Words

Right away this photo of the late Brittany Murphy and screenwriter husband Simon Monjack (Factory Girl), taken a few weeks ago, tells you something’s wrong. He looks relatively young (in his mid 30s?) but is obviously a food monster. (He looks like Oliver Platt on a binge.) Why, you ask, would Murphy have gotten a lip job at the tender age of 32? Why would they pose for PDA photos at LAX? You can feel the ick.

Simon Monjack, Brittany Murphy — photo allegedly taken in November 2009.

Here’s the AP obit in the NY Times, including a quote from Ashton Kutcher’s tweet on her passing: “2day the world lost a little piece of sunshine. My deepest condolences go out 2 Brittany’s family, her husband, & her amazing mother Sharon.”

86 thoughts on “A Thousand Words

  1. On a more curious note, “Murphy, who grew up in New Jersey and Los Angeles, is reported to be the daughter of reputed mobster Angelo Bertolotti”


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  2. Shit, man. I’ve read four different reports on her tragic death and not one of these so-called “news” organizations pointed out that she was married to a fatty.

    Here I thought for a moment that it was just a simple, fluke tragedy. Things always change when the truth comes out.

  3. I’ll have to remind my husband that he hasn’t divorced me yet for the weight gain after my child, and thru the years, and after I quit smoking.

    At any rate – I keep getting the feeling that there’s something a bit more, I don’t know if sinsiter is the right word, maybe just sad and stupid. It may have been just a vicious circle, she wasn’t getting the roles she wanted so she was self medicating, and then she was losing roles because of self medicating.

    I keep thinking this guy was involved with some shady business deals, but I could be wrong.

  4. I don’t know what’s more disturbing, HE’s ever growing descent into a total tabloid site or Jeff’s out and out phobia about weight. Anyone else get the feeling if we rummaged around in the closets we’d find a stash of chubby chick porn?

  5. Hollyweirdd spat out its next victim. And it has been happening in front of our eyes, with Brittany giving strange interviews, behaving more and more erratically, looking thinner and sicker.

    When a likeable young woman dies of heart attack, it’s a tragedy. When a likeable young woman who looks drugged and anorexic most of the time dies of heart attack it’s a teeth-gnashing tragedy, because.we all know it could have been avoided. RIP Brittany Murphy, whose role in “Clueless” will always make me smile.

    Yeah, J. Wells, your obit-class is very impressive.

  6. I remember watching her at the Independent Spirit awards a few years ago as she was slurring her speech on stage, while presenting an award, and it was like watching a train wreck.


  7. Whoever made the statement that this is turning into a tabloid — so what? It’s about actors and actresses and movies; sobeit if their lives are tabloidish.

    The tabloids have hinted at drug use for a few months, and hubby doesn’t look like he’s disciplined in the drug and/or foot department. She was reportedly anorexia, so her death could be attributed to almost anything — but “natural” causes. You don’t die of heart attacks at age 32.

    She was in Sin City; right? I remember her character and loved her small part.

  8. I’ll say it again– poor woman. I was surprised, but NOT that surprised. She had been going downhill ever since she married that fat creep.

    She wasn’t A-list material, but I appreciated her acting in movies here and there that I’ve seen.


  9. Actually you can die of a heart attack at age 32. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is when the heart muscle becomes unusually thick and can’t pump blood. It usually affects young people and has absolutely no symptoms until they suddenly drop dead. Natasha McElhone’s husband, a fit and healthy 42 year old, died this way.

  10. Simon Monjack did not produce Factory Girl. He sued his way onto the project for a title and stole 150K out of my budget. He is a con man and a bad guy. When Brittany married him I warned her and warned her as did so many others. I only hope to God that this creep wasn’t instrumental in her sad sad demise. What a wonderful wonderful girl she was. I really really cared for her.

  11. Geez Jeff. Who cares (but you) about her husband’s weight?

    So, Ric Ocasek married Paulina Poritzkova and 20 years+ later they seem to be doing ok despite Ric being ugly and looking like a strung out anorexic.

    Brittany Murphy used to be fat 15 years back. So what?

    Let her rest in peace and as long as there’s nothing sinister with her husband, leave the ‘big guy’ alone.

    Its the people that marry the other for what’s inside is where marriage’s seem to last.

    All this superficial stuff is pretty lame commentary.

  12. Yeah I also just read that hubby is trying to stop the autopsy. Now why would anyone want to do that? This could be an Anna Nicole Smith level shitstorm.

  13. Interesting post, Hickenlooper, the dude sounds sketchy, I wonder why she married him. Also, Ashton Kutcher, when tweeting about someone’s death, why not just go ahead and spell out the word “to?”

  14. I’ll say it again– poor woman. I was surprised, but NOT that surprised. She had been going downhill ever since she married that fat creep.

    She wasn’t A-list material, but I appreciated her acting in movies here and there that I’ve seen.


  15. Simon Monjack nothing to do with ‘Factory Girl’ or the screenplay. He filed a frivolous lawsuit against us weeks before principal photography making bogus claims that we had stolen his script. He held us literally hostage and we were forced to settle with him as he held our production over a barrel. I posted this information on IMDB two years ago in order to warn people because Monjack was using his Factory Girl “credit” to solicit and then steal money from other investors. Then one night at three in the morning Brittany Murphy (who was a good friend and a girl I had come close to casting as Edie Sedgwick) called me in tears, begging me to take this posting down. It was going to ruin her husband. I told Brittany it was the truth and warned her, as many other did, about Monjack who had a criminal record and a long, long list of legal complaints against him. In the end I told Brittany I would do it for her and remove the post because I really cared for her as a friend. The last thing I told Brittany is “Do you know who this guy is? I mean do you really know him. Do you know what you’re doing by marrying him?” At this point Brittany became angry and told me she knew Monjack better than anyone and then hung up on me. A few months later I tried to call her to see if she was alright and Monjack would not let me speak to her. I so so feared something bad would happen. I thought he might take her for all her money. Little did I know she would end up dead. Now I am not saying Monjack has anything to do with this. I wouldn’t know. And I’m sure the guy is in deep mourning. But one can sure speculate that his clear lack of character and background couldn’t have led to the most healthy environment. I really feel bad for Brittany. She was a sweet sweet angel and didn’t deserve anything bad to happen to her ever. May she rest in peace. I will miss her. We will all miss her. She was the most talented and underrated actresses working in film.

  16. As someone who has battled with weight problems, I find myself aghast with your view about how one’s weight makes him suspicious. If I were to judge someone, it would be based on personality, not on personal appearance.

    I don’t understand how an intelligent writer can be so superficial. Nobody likes to be fat. We have mirrors to remind us of that.

  17. @ DarienStyles: See, the thing is that Wells is disgusted by fat people (unless they are “Philly” Hoffman). He can’t stand the sight of these obese elephants stomping anywhere close to him or sitting next to him in an airplane.

    Like many folks, Wells believes being a “lardass” is a choice, never mind that a lot of folks aren’t blessed with good genes or a good metabolism. that doesn’t matter to folks like Wells. So, basically, if you look superthin, you’re AOK, but, god forbid, you have a few extra pounds (or more), then you get the Monique treatment.

  18. People who have a certain girth, an affable roundness, a modest corpulence and a general largeness of frame, etc. are not guilty of a crime. Some people just roll in that direction, and I respect that. But we all know that many if not most of the serious girthies out there haven’t arrived at this stage through genes or slower metabolisms but through indulgence — through gross overeating of unhealthy, fatty, greasy, corporate-produced foods. Obesity has been growing for years in this country, and it’s not an accident. It has now reached epidemic proportions so don’t try and play victim on this issue. Most people with serious problems in this realm — I’m speaking of people who are bigger than they ought to be — have brought it upon themselves. You really have to grim up and grow up and get tough with yourself in order to stay healthy and not look appalling. I’m not saying all weight problems speak to character, but a lot of them do, I feel. Food is a drug, an escape. I took one look at Murphy’s husband and said to myself, “This guy has character issues.”

  19. Sorry, BizzarroJeffWells, but the real Jeff Wells is on target on this one. The majority of overweight or obese people in this country today are that way through lifestyle choices. When I was 18, I was six foot two and weighed at most 160 pounds. It was the low end of the proper BMI index, but I was relatively healthy. Five years ago, in my late 30s, I was up to 250 pounds. Today, I’m around 220 and have to take Lopid twice a day to keep my lipid count in check. For most of my life, I have eaten out at least once every day, rarely eaten fruits and vegetables, and have gotten very little exercise since I graduated from high school. Now, I am not a fattie in the traditional sense, as my height and build hides the extra weight pretty well, but I really do need to lose another 25 pounds. And I could do it, if I put my mind to it.

    One of the saddest things about modern society is the refusal of most people to be accountable for their actions and choices. To find excuses for the way they are and use those excuses as crutches. Be proactive in your own life. Own up to your own bullshit. Stop making excuses and either do something about it or shut the fuck up.

  20. So, a 32-year-old actress tragically dies, and your first thoughts are to bash her husband for being overweight. Wow. For somebody who brands himself as a Walter Winchell-esque speaker of truth, you can sure be as superficial as the Eloi/Showbiz culture you piss on daily from a great height.

    Stay classy, Wells–I’ll be getting my film info elsewhere (not Hollywood Elsewhere) from now on, asshole.

  21. No, dickwad — my first thought was how sad and tragic it was that she’d passed. My second thought was why. My third thought was that it was probably drugs. My fourth thought was what a tough thing it can obviously be for certain fast-lane actresses who haven’t the moxie/chutzpah to deal with the industry and the lifestyle. My fifth or sixth or seventh thought was who the hell is that bullky guy she was married to — a guy whom some (including George Hickenlooper) have said is a slippery weasel type. My eighth or ninth thought after seeing the above photo of BM and Simon Monjack was, why is a guy in his 30s this fat? His appearance told me right away it was probably (though not positively) rooted in indulgence, and that this indulgence had to do with who he is — his character. Anyway, it’ll be lovely not having you around. Have a nice life.

  22. This is still roiling my guts, the clip I saw on TMZ a few weeks ago, the young actress and her husband at LAX, and she’s managed to put herself together, but he’s wearing a white T and skinny jeans, and I had this visceral reaction to this slob, I mean, I’ve had my issues in the past, but I could yank on a suitcoat on the way to the airport.

    Anger is a common male reaction to the sight of a pretty girl with a seemingly unworthy mate, but this is L.A., I’m used to it, and I barely remembered who Brittany Murphy was, and yet my gut screamed “What are you doing with this guy?! Get off before the train wrecks!” And it’s got nothing to do with “fat.” That’d be like calling Sydney Greenstreet in Casablanca or Jabba the Hut or the Rabbi in The Yiddish Policeman’s Union “overweight.” It was a sense of aggressively boorish corruption. And this girl was entangled in it and she should get out if she knew what was good for her.

    All this from a few seconds of footage on TMZ? Honest though it might be, it was of course a wholly superficial, facile reaction on my part.

    Except now the young lady is dead.

  23. That quirky, raspy voice was part of her talent. and those eyes.

    She seemed so vulnerable and sad even when she was putting out a happy vibe/appearance. . I don’t think she ever recovered from being left behind by Ashton.

    Somehow I keep seeing her with Dakota Fanning.

    The girl needed to know she did make people care about her.

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