Who is Lisa Rieffel, Brittany Murphy's friend from HBO docuseries?

Molly Young October 15, 2021
Who is Lisa Rieffel, Brittany Murphy's friend from HBO docuseries?


Lisa Rieffel features in recent HBO Max release What Happened, Brittany Murphy? She appears as a close friend to speak about the star’s unfortunate passing.

Find out what Rieffel had to say during the interview as we explore her social media presence along with viewer reactions to the docuseries that has sparked sadness and controversy online.

Who is Lisa Rieffel?

Lisa Rieffel is an actress and producer known for her work on Women Of The House (1995), Girltrash: All Night Long (2014) and Drowning Mona (2000).

As a close friend of the beloved actress from her early career, Rieffel recently featured as an interviewee on HBO’s new docuseries What Happened, Brittany Murphy?

@lisarieffel is categorised as an Artist on Instagram and has more than 52,000 followers to accompany her current total of more than 2,300 posts.

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Over on Twitter, @LisaRieffel has a large following of more than 13,000 users.

Born on 12 January 1975 in Denville, New Jersey, Rieffel is 46 years old and has been married to Johnny Dunn since 30 September 2007.

The couple share a daughter, who often features on Rieffels’ social media profiles.

Alongside her work on-screen, Rieffels is also a musician and is founding member and lead singer of alternative rock band Killala, which is based in Los Angeles.

According to Idol Net Worth, the creative artist currently has a net worth of $1.4 million.

Lisa recently shared the trailer for the HBO Max documentary on her Instagram feed, with the caption displaying a red-heart emoji remembering her friend.

Brittany Murphy connection explored

The HBO Max documentary was released on 14 October 2021 and attempts to uncover more about the star’s life and mysterious passing.

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What Happened, Brittany Murphy? | Official Trailer | HBO Max

What Happened, Brittany Murphy? | Official Trailer | HBO Max

What Happened, Brittany Murphy? features interviews with friends and colleagues who knew the star well, including Lisa Rieffel who speaks about her relationship as a confidante.

While the American actress died more than ten years ago aged only 32, fans and friends are still searching for answers regarding events leading to her death.

Murphy married Simon Monjack, also a member of the entertainment industry, in 2007 to become Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack.

The documentary’s interviewees claim that rather than just being her partner, Monjack was also acting as Murphy’s agent, manager, driver, and even hair and make-up stylist in the final years of her career, often isolating his wife and undermining her confidence.

As Murphy’s close friend at the time, according to USA Today, Lisa Rieffel spoke upon her supposed isolation and stated:

“One day (Murphy’s) numbers were changed, no one knew where she was, couldn’t find her. Disappeared. Simon took her away. That was it. He made sure no one could get to her.”

Reactions to the docuseries

What Happened, Brittany Murphy? has received mixed responses online, with many intrigued by details of the actress’ life, while others claim HBO Max failed to answer their own question.

Fans of the actress and singer are deeply saddened by her unfortunate death described in the docuseries.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.