Before meeting then-writer and director Simon Monjack in 2006, Brittany Murphy endured several “heartbreaking situations,” unsuspecting director Amy Heckerling said including a public breakup with her Just Married costar Ashton Kutcher and two broken engagements. “She must have been looking for something,” speculated Heckerling.
And once Murphy met Monjack, their relationship got very serious and they were inseparable.
“She wanted to marry him and I said, ‘Honey, it didn’t take long enough,'” recalled buddy Kathy Najimy, revealing that only her mother supported the whirlwind romance. “I think Sharon was for marriage … we were all scared and freaked out, who was this guy and what was going on?”
After the couple married in a quiet ceremony in 2007, they were withdrawn, according to their loved ones, and rarely left home, this is where Murphy’s mother Sharon lived.
“One day her numbers were changed and no one knew where to find her,” Murphy’s longtime friend Lisa Rieffel called. “Disappeared. Simon took her with him. That was it.
According to Najimy, Monjack “made all of her decisions, he clearly got her money. He drove her to work but waited. And every time there was a break, she would go and join him in the car. It got more and more restrictive. ”
Sara Mutton, a journalist who was working for People magazine at the time, provided details of what she learned about Murphy’s life over the past few months.
“Simon and Brittany were basically locked in this house. They did these really weird photoshoots in the middle of the night and he dressed them up like a doll,” said Hammel. “She got more and more insecure about how she looked and got more and more paranoid about people trying to catch her. Simon had cut the landlines so you could only reach Sharon or Brittany through Simon. Simon and Brittany stayed up late taking downs and then chug coffee and the top to get back up. They seldom left the house. “