Simon Monjack

Simon Monjack

English screenwriter, film director and producer
Date of Birth: 05.08.1970
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Simon Mondjack: English Screenwriter, Film Director, and Producer
  2. Early Career and Controversies
  3. Personal Life and Tragedy
  4. Tragic End

Simon Mondjack: English Screenwriter, Film Director, and Producer

Simon Mark Mondjack was born on August 5, 1970, in a Jewish family in Hillingdon, Greater London, England. He grew up in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, and attended the Royal Grammar School. Tragically, when he was 15, his father William passed away from a brain tumor. His mother Linda, a psychotherapist, still resides in Bourne End.

Simon Monjack

Early Career and Controversies

In 2000, Mondjack ventured into the film industry as a producer, screenwriter, and director with the independent drama film "Two Days, Nine Lives" starring Luke Goss and Sienna Guillory. He later had involvement in the screenplay for the biopic "Factory Girl" (2006) about the life of actress and model Edie Sedgwick, who became a muse of underground superstar Andy Warhol. However, the film's director, George Hickenlooper, claimed that Mondjack had no actual involvement in "Factory Girl." Hickenlooper stated that Mondjack filed a frivolous lawsuit against the film's creators, making false claims that his screenplay was stolen. Mondjack denied these allegations, including Hickenlooper's statement that he had essentially held the director and other crew members hostage.

Simon Monjack

Personal Life and Tragedy

In interviews, Mondjack mentioned plans for adapting D.M. Thomas' novel "The White Hotel" about Sigmund Freud into a film, with his then-wife Brittany Murphy taking on the lead role. However, this project was never realized. Mondjack faced legal troubles in 2005 when an arrest warrant was issued against him for credit card fraud, although the charges were later dropped. In 2006, he lost a legal battle against the bank Coutts & Co., resulting in his eviction from four properties worth $470,000.

Simon Monjack

In February 2007, Mondjack was arrested and spent nine years in prison, facing the possibility of deportation as his visa in the United States had expired. During his time, he was romantically involved with Alexandra Kerry, the eldest daughter of the Democratic Party's presidential candidate John Kerry. Mondjack married British television personality Simone Bien in November 2001 in Las Vegas, but they separated just five months later and divorced in 2006. He then met renowned actress Brittany Murphy, and the couple married in April 2007 in a private Jewish ceremony at their Los Angeles home. Their marriage lasted only 2.5 years before tragedy struck.

Simon Monjack

On December 20, 2009, Mondjack's wife Brittany Murphy died suddenly in their bathroom. The media initially reported that her heart had stopped due to drug use at a VIP party hosted by Russian businessman Igor Desyatnikov, although he denied any involvement. The actual cause of Murphy's death was later determined to be pneumonia, iron-deficiency anemia, and intoxication from medications. Mondjack blamed Warner Bros. for his wife's death and even considered taking legal action against the studio's representatives. He believed that Murphy's sudden death was caused by the stress of being denied participation in the voiceover for the film "Happy Feet 2." However, Warner Bros. stated that Murphy's character, Gloria the penguin, was simply not written into the sequel's script, and Murphy was aware of this.

Simon Monjack

Tragic End

On May 23, 2010, Sharon, Brittany Murphy's mother, discovered Mondjack unconscious in his bedroom in their Hollywood home. She immediately called for emergency medical assistance. Brian Humphrey, Mondjack's representative, reported that a team of paramedics arrived and pronounced the screenwriter dead at 9:45 PM. It is assumed that Sharon, who witnessed the deaths of her daughter and son-in-law, will have to handle their joint assets. Simon Mondjack passed away on May 14, 2010, the cause of death being a fungal infection that led to pneumonia.

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