Birthday: March 9, 1970
T V & Movie Producers
Died At Age: 40
Sun Sign: Pisces
Also Known As: Simon Mark Monjack
Born in: London Borough of Hillingdon
Famous as: Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Spouse/Ex-: Brittany Murphy (2007-2009); Simone Bienne
father: William Monjack
mother: Linda Monjack
children: Jasmine Monjack
Died on: May 23, 2010
place of death: Los Angeles
City: London, England
education: Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
Simon Mark Monjack was an English film director, producer and screenwriter who had a brief career in film industry. Having said that, Monjack wasn’t in any way less talented than his peers! Just the fact that he did not have time by his side to prove his mettle in the industry can be claimed as one of the reasons of his short tenure in Hollywood. Starting off in 2000, Monjack donned several hats in his seven year tenure, donning the role of a producer, director, screenwriter and even makeup artist. He made his debut with ‘Two Days, Nine Lives’, a film that was conceptualized, directed and produced by him. He was involved sporadically in other projects as well. Monjack’s life was in the news more for his callous financial status than his films. He also suffered from health complications all through his life. A month before his wife Brittany Murphy passed away, Monjack had become ‘incoherent’ during his flight from Puerto Rico to Los Angeles. In January 2010, a month after her death, he was admitted to the hospital where reports of his suffering from heart problem surfaced. Tragically he died just four months after in May 2010 due to pneumonia and anaemia.
Simon Monjack’s first known work as a director and producer was the movie ‘Two Days, Nine Lives’ in 2000. In 2006, for the film ‘Factory Girl’ starring actress and model Edie Sedgwick, he was given disputed story credit. Though he claimed to be the man behind the script, director George Hickenlooper stated that Monjack wasn’t at all involved in the project. They were forced to settle down after he intimidated them of coming in way of the movie release.
In 2007, E! News reported that Monjack was to direct a film adaptation of D. M. Thomas's novel about Sigmund Freud, ‘The White Hotel’. The film was supposed to have his wife Brittany Murphy in a leading role but it never took off.
Monjack had several legal cases on him during his lifetime. In 2005, he was arrested on charges of credit card fraud which was later dropped. A year later, in 2006, he was alleged for a nearly $500,000 judgement against him by Coutts Bank. In 2007, Monjack was arrested on grounds of expired visa in United States. He not only was in the prison for nine days but was deported thereafter.
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Simon Monjack was born on March 9, 1970 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, UK to a Jewish family. He spent much of his growing up years in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. Monjack attended a couple of schools including Juniper Hill School, Flackwell Heath and later Royal Grammar School for his preliminary education. Tragedy struck young Monjack’s life when his father William died of brain tumour. His mother, a hypnotherapist, moved from Oxfordshire and relocated to Bourne End.
Simon Monjack was twice married. His first marriage was to Simone Bienna, a British media personality, in Las Vegas in November 2001. The marriage, however, did not last long and the couple separated five months later. In 2006, they were officially divorced. Same year, Monjack met actress Brittany Murphy. Though he had met her years ago when she was a teenager and was in touch with her intermittently, their relationship blossomed after his divorce. In November 2007, Monjack and Murphy took the wedding vows. Two years later, in December 2009, Murphy’s sudden death after collapsing in the bathroom left Simon Monjack distraught. An autopsy report revealed that she died due to pneumonia, with secondary factors of anaemia and multiple prescription drug intoxication. Monjack mostly remained unwell post her death.
Simon Monjack died on May 23, 2010 in his house in Hollywood. His mother who found him lying unconscious called the doctors but it was too late. He too died of acute pneumonia and severe anaemia. Both Monjack and his wife Murphy died in the same house and in the same way. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills