Brittany Murphy


Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack at a screening of Trembled Blossoms in Beverly Hills in 2008

I'm beginning to see why Brittany Murphy fell for this Simon Monjack guy. Dude is crazy. From The Daily Beast:
Simon Monjack, the much-maligned husband of Brittany Murphy, is only days away from filing a wrongful-death action against Warner Brothers, claiming that the studio is responsible for the unexpected death of the 32-year-old actress last December. “They killed her,” he told me. Although the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office hasn’t released a final cause of death, Monjack and Brittany’s mother, Sharon, who also spoke to me, are convinced that the once-promising star died of a heart attack from the stress caused by Warner Brother’s canceling of a contract just two weeks before she died. Murphy was excited to have begun production on the sequel to the animated hit Happy Feet, but when she was fired by Warner Brothers, Monjack says, “She was devastated.”
I think Simon may be onto something here. Follow with me: Brittany goes to the Happy Feet 2 audition and, hoping to hook up with her in one of the empty offices in the back, the casting director tells her she has a nice voice. Brittany naturally interprets his compliment as a contract offer. Months later, she drops dead of a heart attack in the shower. Seems like a pretty open and shut case to me. I wouldn't be surprised if Warner Bros. just settled out of court with Simon by giving him a percentage of the company.

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Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack in New York in 2008

Brittany Murphy's body isn't even cold yet and already there's a fight over her estate. The combatants? Her husband Simon Monjack and mom Sharon. From the National Enquirer (via Cele|bitchy)
Brittany Murphy died virtually broke - and her financial mess has triggered a bitter feud between her husband and her heartbroken mom. The Clueless star, who died mysteriously on Dec. 20 at age 32, owed more money than her Beverly Hills home is worth. The 8,000 square foot mansion is now occupied by her mother, Sharon, and her husband of 2 1/2 years, Simon Monjack.

"But a war has exploded over the estate, and there’s a lot of tension between them," a Hollywood insider told The Enquirer. "Brittany died practically penniless. And now her husband wants to sell her possessions quickly, while her mother is shell-shocked over the death. Poor Sharon can barely function, let alone think about selling the house or getting Brittany’s finances in order… But Simon is already pushing to sell Brittany’s possessions, including jewelry, clothes and the house. Sharon is appalled by his insensitivity."
You really can't blame Simon for wanting to sell all of Brittany's stuff. He was married to her for what, two years? Really, how attached can you get to someone in two years? . . . Damn, I should write for Hallmark.

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Brittany Murphy's Deadline poster

And the "unlucky timing award" goes to Redbox Automated Retail, LLC. From TMZ:
A DVD rental company is moving fast to remove outdoor promotional posters of Brittany Murphy -- posed lifeless in a bathtub -- for her movie, "Deadline."

Officials from redbox -- which operates DVD kiosks around the country -- tell TMZ beginning today field teams are removing the "Deadline" box art from the kiosk displays. The officials tell us it will take 7 - 10 days to remove the image from the 19,000 kiosks nationwide.
The official from Redbox said it would take so long to remove all the posters because the 19,000 kiosks are "scattered across the country in convenient locations like gas stations, supermarkets, and convenience stores -- wherever you are, Redbox is there." OK he didn't actually say that, but shit, he might as well have. Can't a company do something good anymore without sending out a press release?


Brittany Murphy loved her some prescription drugs

I guess Brittany Murphy didn't learn a lesson from Heath Ledger's tragic death. Investigators found no less than ten (!) bottles of prescription drugs in her master bedroom. A live-in pharmacist by the name of 'Andy' was also found sleeping in one of the guest rooms . . . well not really but it seems plausible. From TMZ:
Paramedics . . . found a slew of prescription drugs -- "A check of the nightstands revealed large amounts of prescription medication in the decedent's name. Also noted were numerous empty prescription medication bottles in the decedent's husband's name, the decedent's mother's name and unidentified third party names."

According to the notes, the medications included Topamax (anti-seizure meds also to prevent migraines), Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (depression med), Klonopin (anxiety med), Carbamazepine (treats Diabetic symptoms and is also a bipolar med), Ativan (anxiety med), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), Propranolol (hypertension, used to prevent heart attacks), Biaxin (antibiotic), Hydrocodone (pain med) and miscellaneous vitamins.
Seems pretty cut and dry. Mixing dangerous prescription drugs led to Brittany's death . . . IS WHAT THE RUSSIANS WOULD LIKE US TO BELIEVE!!! Dammit I miss the '80s when we could just blame everything on them.

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Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack during Fashion Week in New York (2/5/08)

Simon Monjack doesn't want an autopsy performed on his late wife Brittany Murphy. Because it's natural for people to die at the age of 32. Wait a minute, this is the 1500s, isn't it? From TMZ:
Brittany Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, told hospital staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center he did not want an autopsy performed on his deceased wife, multiple sources tell TMZ. We're told, however, despite Monjack's wishes, the L.A. County Coroner's office will perform an autopsy on Murphy.
I don't understand -- what's this Simon guy got to hide? It's not like whenever Brittany refused to do the dishes, he whipped her across the back like Kunta Kinte in Roots and she was left with a bunch of nasty scars that he doesn't want the medical examiner to discover . . . OR DID HE???

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Brittany Murphy at the premiere of Across the Hall in L.A. (12/1)

Holy shit Brittany Murphy just died. She went into full cardiac arrest at her home in L.A. this morning and couldn't be revived. She was just 32. From TMZ:
A 911 call was made at 8:00 AM from a home in Los Angeles that is listed as belonging to her husband, Simon Monjack, the Los Angeles City Fire Department tells TMZ.

We're told Murphy was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
32-year-olds don't just drop dead from heart attacks without a little help, if you catch my drift (see Belushi, John). Hopefully this tragedy opens someone like Lindsay Lohan's eyes a bit . . . ya know, when she finally wakes up later this afternoon and hears about it.

NOTE: Bumping this up for the people that missed it on Sunday

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Brittany Murphy might be insane

The LAPD showed up to Brittany Murphy's house in Hollywood around 2:30 this morning. Why? Because she's fucking insane of course. From TMZ:
TMZ has learned cops received a frantic 911 call around 2:30 this morning from neighbors complaining about a screaming Brittany Murphy, who was wailing about shots fired outside her Hollywood pad.

When LAPD arrived on the scene, they saw the panicked actress on her balcony, yelling about the alleged gun fire.

No weapon, bullet or body was found -- and after an investigation, the noise was discovered to be coming from a generator, which had been acting up due to the funky L.A. weather last night.
In Brittany's defense, the last time I mixed Percocet, Zoloft, Xanax, and whisky, I thought I heard gunshots, too. Turns out it was actually just my dog playing bass guitar and reciting Chaucer. Uh, at least I think it was.

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