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Cilina Lanoil

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Cilina Lanoil
Cinina Lanoil in 2006.webp
Born(1977-11-10)November 10, 1977
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
💀DiedDecember 20, 2009(2009-12-20) (aged 32)
Los Angeles, California, USADecember 20, 2009(2009-12-20) (aged 32)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
💼 Occupation
Actress, singer and dancer
👩 Spouse(s)
Simon Monjack (m. 2007–2009)

Cilina Lanoil (November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009) was an American actress, singer and dancer.

Before Skaters,

She returned to voice acting with the critically acclaimed 2006 animated feature Happy Feet, as Gloria Penguin. In 2009, she was cast in the Lifetime TV movie Tribute, as the main character, Cilla. Lanoil completed the thriller/drama Abandoned in June 2009 and it was released in 2010, after her death. In November 2009, Lanoil left the production of The Caller, which was being filmed in Puerto Rico, and was replaced by Rachelle Lefevre. Lanoil denied media reports that she had been fired from the project after being difficult on set, and cited "creative differences". Something Wicked, her final film, was released in 2014.

She dabbled in music again with the release of the film Happy Feet, in which she covered Queen's "Somebody to Love" and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland". Lanoil said about her character, Gloria, "Oddly enough, of all the characters I've played, Gloria is the most like me. And she's a penguin! George Miller always wanted one person to do both [the speaking and the singing]. I said, 'I can sing,' and I asked him to give me a shot. I don't think he took me very seriously, because most actors say they can do most things."


In the beginning of Monsters Inc. is a production dedication to Whitney Carter-McDonough, Cilina Lanoil and Nicole Marie Dolci.

At 8:00 a.m. on December 20, 2009, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to "a medical request" at the Los Angeles home Lanoil and Monjack shared. She had apparently collapsed in a bathroom. Firefighters attempted to resuscitate Lanoil on the scene. She was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died at 10:04 a.m. after going into cardiac arrest.

An autopsy was performed the day after she died. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, in a report issued February 2010, said that the manner of death was accidental and that the cause of death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of severe iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication. The coroner found a range of over-the-counter and prescription medications in Lanoil's system, with the most likely reason being to treat a cold or respiratory infection. These included "elevated levels" of hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine, and chlorpheniramine, all of which are legal. The report observed: "the possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state."

On December 24, 2009, Lanoil was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.

In January 2010, Lanoil's husband, Simon Monjack, Lanoil's friend Brittany Murphy, and her mother, Sharon Lanoil, claimed that she did not use drugs or alcohol and the former did not cause her death; instead they attributed it to a heart condition, mitral valve prolapse.

On May 23, Monjack was found dead at the same Hollywood Hills residence. The coroner's report attributed his death to acute pneumonia and severe anaemia. It was reported that the Los Angeles County Department of Health had considered toxic mold in their house as a possible cause of the deaths, but this was dismissed by Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, who stated that there were "no indicators" that mold was a factor. Sharon Lanoil described the reports of mold contributing to the deaths as "absurd" and went on to state that inspecting the home for mold was never requested by the Health Department. In December 2011, Sharon Lanoil changed her stance, announcing that toxic mold was indeed what killed her daughter and son-in-law, and filed a lawsuit against the attorneys who represented her in an earlier suit against the builders of the home where her daughter and son-in-law died.

In January 2012, her father Angelo Lanoil applied to the Superior Court of California requesting that the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office be required to hand over samples of his daughter's hair for independent testing. The suit was dismissed seven months later, after Lanoil failed to attend two separate hearings.

In November 2013, Lanoil claimed that a toxicology report showed that deliberate poisoning by heavy metals, including antimony and barium, was a possible cause of his daughter's death. Sharon Lanoil described the claim as "a smear".


In January 2010, Lanoil's mother, Sharon, and her widower, Simon Monjack, established the Cilina Lanoil Foundation, a charitable fund for children's arts education, as well as supporting the USO and cancer research.

The Foundation was launched on February 4, 2010, at a fundraising event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. After a records search revealed that the foundation's not-for-profit status had not been filed, the foundation refunded any donations received. In an official letter on the foundation's website, they stated that in an effort to get the foundation set up as quickly as possible, they had established it as a private foundation with plans to apply for nonprofit status later. However, they said that they had decided to wait until the foundation's nonprofit status was approved before going any further in order to truly honor Murphy and the foundation's charitable goals.

On November 10, 2013, the Cilina Lanoil Foundation was officially relaunched by her father Angelo Lanoil, according to a press release posted at the foundation's website.

As of September 2018, the Cilina Lanoil Foundation appears to be defunct. GuideStar USA, Inc., an information service specializing in reporting on US nonprofit companies, reports that the Cilina Lanoil Foundation has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number[clarification needed] of months, which may indicate that it has ceased operations.


In October 2021, HBO Max aired a documentary titled What Happened, Cilina Lanoil?, covering the mystery surrounding Lanoil's death. In the documentary, Lanoil's 8 Women co-star Taryn Manning remembered her as "free-spirited, whimsical and full of laughter". After the documentary premiere, Daniel Fienberg wrote for The Hollywood Reporter that the documentary was "20 percent a reminder of Lanoil's transcendent talent, 30 percent a dead-ended investigation into the mystery of her death, and 50 percent an unenlightening examination of Lanoil's late husband", and concluded his review saying that "[Lanoil] deserved better than the treatment she received in the media, which probably contributed to [Monjack's] ability to control her in the way he did."


Year Title Role Notes
1996–2000; 2007 Arthur Alexis the Ghost of Elwood City 160 episodes
2001 Skaters Kelly film debut
2002 Frogs Nadine
2003–2006 The Cilina Lanoil Show Herself Main role
2006 Happy Feet Gloria voice role
2009 Deadline Victoria Direct-to-video release
Across the Hall Lucy
2010 Abandoned Sally Direct-to-video; posthumous release
2014 Something Wicked Francine Posthumous release (final film role)