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Elizabeth Ragsdale: 5 Things To Know About The Mother Of Simon Monjack’s Secret Son

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One of the many shocking revelations in ‘What Happened, Brittany Murphy?’ is that her husband, Simon Monjack, secretly fathered a child with Elizabeth Ragsdale. Here’s what you need to know.

Ever since Brittany Murphy died from pneumonia and anemia in 2009, there have been many questions around her tragic death and her relationship with Simon Monjack, a low-level Hollywood screenwriter who would die of similar causes six months later. What Happened, Brittany Murphy?, a two-part HBO Max documentary, aimed to answer some of the mysteries surrounding her tragic death. In doing so, it uncovered a shocking truth: Simon fathered not one but two children with other women.

One of those women was Elizabeth Ragsdale. What Happened, Brittany Murphy? marks her first public statement on her secret relationship with Simon and their now 18-year-old lovechild. As the world takes in all the new information about Simon, Brittany, and their controversial relationship, here’s the scoop on Elizabeth.

1. Elizabeth & Simon Had A Relationship In The 1990s

Brittany and Simon allegedly met when she was 17 when he became friends with her and her mother, Sharon Murphy. Around that time, Simon became involved with Elizabeth, a woman from Paris. Their relationship was more than a one-off because…

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2. Elizabeth Was Once Engaged To Simon

In June 1998, Simon popped the question to Elizabeth in a Harrod’s department store in Paris. However, at this time, cracks began to appear in Simon’s façade. After Elizabeth turned him down for sex, he tearfully told her that he had “spinal cancer” and was undergoing treatments in Monaco. Elizabeth acquiesced to his pleading, and they made love. “He was very rough,” she said in What Happened, Brittany Murphy?, adding that they had sex “wasn’t always when I wanted to.”

3. He Told Her His ‘Cancer’ Treatments Would Make Him ‘Sterile’ 

In September 1998, the two were together in Monaco, and he said that if they were going to have children, she had to get pregnant right then because the “sharp cartilage treatments” would make him sterile.

Simon’s mother, Linda Monjack, defended her late son, saying that he developed extreme paranoia after his own father’s death from cancer. “I certainly don’t think he went out to tell people he had cancer. I think he believed it,” she said. Whether or not he believed it, the results were the same: Elizabeth got pregnant in Monaco.

4. She Gave Birth To Their Son In 2003

Elizabeth’s pregnancy wasn’t a happy one. She got very sick while carrying her and Simon’s child. Elizabeth wanted to fly her sister and her family out to visit Monaco, which Simon shot down. A friend of Elizabeth’s started to get worried because she was cut off from everyone, and this isolation was taking a toll. One day, when Elizabeth came to visit, her friend said she looked like she had gotten back from a “concentration camp.” This friend confronted Simon and told him to take Elizabeth to a doctor – immediately! If he wouldn’t, then she would, and Elizabeth thinks this friend saved her life.

Simon said he wanted to have the baby on U.S. soil and flew back to New York ahead of Elizabeth. When she arrived in the Big Apple, Elizabeth called up Simon to tell her that she had arrived. He hung up on her. Elizabeth’s subsequent attempts to contact Simon proved useless. After Simon essentially ghosted her, Elizabeth called up his mother – and Linda revealed that Simon didn’t have cancer and that he had been using Elizabeth’s money this whole time.

Elizabeth eventually got in touch with the owner of the villa where Simon was staying. The owner said that Simon had already found someone else, which enraged Elizabeth. She turned her anger inward and thought about killing herself but didn’t for the sake of her baby.

In 2003, she gave birth to a son, Elijah Ragsdale.

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Brittany and Simon (Gregory Pace/BEI/Shutterstock)

5. Elizabeth Thinks Simon Contributed To Brittany’s Death

Simon finally contacted Elizabeth in 2007, after he and Brittany became engaged. Elizabeth said that Simon offered to buy her a house, which she believes was his way of buying her silence. “The stakes were a lot higher with him being married to Brittany,” she said. “He didn’t want anybody to know I was out there with his son.” Simon also threatened to come and take Elijah from Elizabeth, which is why she stayed silent.

“I know why Britany chose Simon. He worked his spell on her. And she fell for it. Like I did,” she said in the doc. She also thinks that Simon had a hand in Brittany’s unfortunate death. “When I saw Brittany Murphy getting really thin, I knew he had something to do with that. He loved anorexic women. He would look at me from behind in my jeans, and he would go, ‘Do you really think you need to wear those jeans? Because you know you look kind of..’” she said.

“I believe that Simon Monjack, even if he did not kill Brittany Murphy, he allowed her to die because he did not get her to the doctor and get her help,” added Ragsdale. “And I believe that he did the same thing to himself, knowing that he needed medical treatment. He didn’t get it, and he died. He would rather be dead than to be discovered as the con artist he was.”

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Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck Caught Snuggling At LA Lakers Game – Sweet New Photo

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Bennifer fans were gifted a Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez sighting at the Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers game.

What’s a sports game without a Bennifer sighting? Not a very good one at all. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck sat courtside at the game between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. The two were all smiles as they held hands and enjoyed the basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

J.Lo, 52, and Ben, 49, were also featured on the Jumbotron, per game goers on Twitter.

No, you aren’t in a 2002 time warp: following their split in 2004, Jennifer and Ben rekindled their romance in May, ushering in a new Bennifer era for a new generation. The reconciliation came after the singer split from fiancé Alex Rodriguez in April.

The romance has been growing strong ever since: the two have gone on vacation together, celebrated their birthdays, and spent time with each other’s children over the holidays. J.Lo shares twins Max and Emme, 13, with ex-husband Marc Anthony, while Ben shares Violet, 16, Seraphina, 12, and Samuel, 9, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner.

In his Wall Street Journal profile published on Dec. 1, Ben called the reconciliation “beautiful” and reveled at the beauty of second chances. “I can say that it’s definitely beautiful to me,” he said. “And it is a good story. It’s a great story. And, you know, maybe one day I’ll tell it. I’ll write it all out. And then I’ll light it on fire.”

“I am very lucky in my life in that I have benefited from second chances, and I am aware that other people don’t even get first chances,” Ben continued. “I’ve definitely tried to take advantage of that. I haven’t always been successful, but in cases in which I have, they’ve turned out to be the defining aspects of my life.”

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez (Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock)

As for whether a Bennifer engagement could happen again, J.Lo revealed in November that she’s open to marriage amidst her romance. While fielding questions on TODAY about whether she’d consider getting married again, she said, “Yeah, I guess. You know me, I’m a romantic. I always have been.”

She quipped about her previous marriages to Ojani Noa, Cris Judd, and Marc, “I’ve been married a few times. I still believe in happily ever after for sure. One hundred percent.”

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‘RHOC’s Shannon Beador Teases Her ‘Tough’ Feud With Emily Simpson & Gina Kirschenheiter

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Shannon Beador dishes on the new season of ‘Real Housewives of Orange County,’ sharing the details of her feud with co-stars Emily Simpson & Gina Kirschenheiter.

The Real Housewives of Orange County just dropped its epic Season 16 premiere on Dec. 1, and fans are already talking about the drama heating up between the West Coast ladies! To dish on the forthcoming drama, orange-holder Shannon Beador, 57, spoke with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY about what’s to come between she and her co-stars — more specifically, with Emily Simpson, 45, and Gina Kirschenheiter, 37. “I think that with me, there are some issues and it is true,” she shared of her conflict with her co-stars. “They’re two. They’re a team. It’s two against one in certain parts of the show. We have our issues. Early on. Really early on.”

Shannon Beador (MediaPunch/Shutterstock).

For the mother-of-three, she added how “difficult” it can be for her to navigate her relationship with someone when there’s “fighting” or “drama” in the mix. “[I]t’s hard for me. It’s not like I say, ‘Oh we’re done filming’ and take it out of your mind,” she shared. “When I pushed that plate […] in that scene [during Season 12], I cried for two months. ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I acted that way.’ It really affects me. But now I’m good with it. Time heals everything.”

That last mention of healing had us wondering about her current status with her cast. Had time healed everything with Emily and Gina? “Yes, I’m in an OK place with everyone on the cast,” she revealed. “Go figure.”

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Emily Simpson & Gina Kirschenheiter (KCR/Shutterstock).
As far as her relationship with other cast members goes, Shannon shared how she was actually “excited” for the return of “Fancy Pants” Heather Dubrow, 52, after the two faced their ups and downs over the years. “Yeah, we did have a rocky past in my very first season on the show, but after we reconciled and worked things through, we were always in what I consider to be in a good place,” she shared. “I was very excited to have her back.”

The Real Housewives of Orange County airs every Wednesday at 8pm ET on Bravo.

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Cardi B Rocks Skintight Sparkly Pink Dress At People’s Choice Awards — Photos

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Cardi B dazzled in a sparkling pink dress at the ‘People’s Choice Awards,’ presenting actress Halle Berry with her ‘People’s Icon’ award.

Cardi B looked positively stunning on Tuesday when she strutted her stuff at the People’s Choice Awards in a form-fitting, sparkling pink dress. The “Money” rapper showed off her show-stopping curves in the bustier-style gown which featured a sweetheart neckline and was covered in square-shaped sequins. The mother-of-two opted for a signature Cardi look for her hair, wearing it dark and beautifully curled while pairing the dress with strappy silver heels and minimal jewelry.

Cardi B stuns in a sparkling pink dress at the 2021 ‘People’s Choice Awards’ (Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBC).

The “WAP” rapper presented actress Halle Berry with her “People’s Icon” award at the event, and the two shared some sweet photos together backstage. Halle, for her part on the red carpet, echoed her Catwoman past in a blue sparkling, skin-tight jumpsuit that zipped down to show off her décolletage. She accessorized her look with silver pointed-toe Jimmy Choo pumps and dazzling drop Djula earrings, pulling her hair up in a structured, yet tousled bun.

While accepting her award, Halle shouted out her little ones in a tender speech. “My two little kids, they have to lose so much time with their mommy because I get to go work and do what I love, so thank you Nahla, thank you Maceo — I hope you find something in life that you can love and you can do with as much vigor and as much zest as I do what I do. I love you guys,” she said.

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Halle Berry & Cardi B share a smile at the 2021 ‘People’s Choice Awards’ after Cardi presented the actress with the ‘People’s Icon’ award (Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBC).

Cardi seemed to be the perfect person to present Halle with her award, since the two have become quite the BFFs lately. Back in November the pair came together for a video called “5 Rounds.” During the segment, Cardi dished about how she met the actress. “[L]et me tell you this tea,” Cardi tweeted, “her skin is so soft…I wanted to bite her shoulder.” We’d chuckle at the unexpected comment, but with Cardi, expect the unexpected! 

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