Who is Elizabeth Ragsdale? Relationship with Simon Monjack explored

Yasmine Leung October 7, 2021
Who is Elizabeth Ragsdale? Relationship with Simon Monjack explored
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As Simon Monjack makes headlines regarding his relationship with late actress Brittany Murphy following HBO’s new documentary, the internet is curious about his former fiancée Elizabeth Ragsdale.

What Happened, Brittany Murphy? is HBO’s upcoming documentary

HBO Max’s new documentary What Happened, Brittany Murphy? is set to air on 14 October 2021, 12 years after her mysterious death in December 2009.

It’s headlines news whenever a leading lady passes away and, since the Clueless actress’ death was so sudden, her final days have remained in the public interest.

The 32-year-old collapsed in the bathroom of a home she shared with husband Simon Monjack in West Hollywood. Her cause of death was a combination of iron deficiency, pneumonia and drug intoxication – all drugs involved were legal and used to treat a “cold or respiratory infection”.

The new documentary investigates Murphy’s relationship with Monjack, who in a strange twist of fate died in their home from similar causes five months after his wife’s passing.

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Who is Simon Monjack?

Monjack was 40 years old at the time of his death on 23 May 2010. He grew up in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, and was a director and screenwriter. His most notable films were Two Days, Nine Lives and Factory Girl.

The English director was married twice. He wed Simone Bienne, a British relationship therapist, in November 2001 in Las Vegas. Bienne is best known for her appearance on American radio talk show Loveline.

Their marriage didn’t last long. They separated five months later but only finalised the divorce in 2006. She successfully sued him for $63,000 in 2007, which he was supposed to have paid her as part of the divorce settlement.

Monjack met Murphy in 2006 and married a year later in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles property. Despite being in the Hollywood goldfish bowl, they kept their relationship relatively private. The couple never publicly announced their engagement and rarely made public appearances before their marriage.

One relationship that never made it to the spotlight was his engagement to actress Elizabeth Ragsdale, which occurred before Murphy.

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Who is Elizabeth Ragsdale?

There isn’t a lot of online information about Ragsdale as she isn’t a celebrity.

However, she has become a topic of interest after shedding light on her former fiance in What Happened, Brittany Murphy?

The couple became engaged after dating for a short period but things went downhill when she became pregnant soon after. Monjack insisted she gave birth in the US and paid for her plane ticket to the Big Apple when she was four months pregnant.

However, Ragsdale said he wasn’t there when she arrived at her accommodation.

In the documentary, she says: “When I got to my little studio in New York, I called him and he answered. I said, ‘Simon, I’ve made it to…’ and before I could get that sentence out, he hung up on me. He left me pregnant and abandoned.”

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Yasmine Leung is a full-time writer at GRV Media. Having entered the company as a freelancer in 2020 during her BA (Hons) Anthropology and Media degree at Goldsmiths, University Of London, the first-class graduate works across the company's several sites, including HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus, and Forever Geek. Her content ranges from social media trends and K-Pop news, to interviews with TikTok stars, such as Brody Wellmaker. She is, however, most glad her knowledge of the Kardashians has finally come in handy for GRV’s Audience team. You'll also find her scrolling on Instagram searching for the latest celeb updates for her next piece.