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Brittany Murphy’s new husband, British screenwriter-director Simon Monjack, says he has uncovered the secret to a happy marriage:

Take the money and run.
Listen to his wife.

“I’ve learned one thing in life: A man can only say two things. Yes or no. Everything else is up to a woman,” Monjack told People Saturday at the City of Hope gala, held to honor Rock & Republic’s founder and CEO Michael Ball.

“It’s the only way for a happy marriage. That’s why I leave everything up to the boss,” he said, motioning to Brittany Murphy. “I simply limit it to yes or no.”

Hey, when she saves your ass from getting deported, it’s not a bad approach.

The couple, who pulled off a top-secret wedding last spring and a hush-hush honeymoon, are also collaborating on another project: Murphy’s new film, The Painting, in which she plays a spy.

Seems like she could do a little spying around the house, don’t you think? This guy is significantly shadier than Spencer Pratt, which is saying something.

“It’s a very exciting European heist film,” said the actress, using a very proper English accent. “I get to be British which I’m excited about! I want to make the British very proud so I want to make sure it’s impeccable.”

At least one Brit who is impressed is Simon Monjack, who says: “She does a better British accent than I do!”

As for working together, the couple has no issue mixing business with pleasure. Monjack, who has photographed Murphy for several magazines, said marrying a multi-millionaire working together is “fantastic.”

Brittany Murphy also calls the experience “Amazing.”

“We didn’t even have to say anything,” she said. “It’s like we could read each other’s minds.”

Either Brittany Murphy doesn’t read celebrity gossip sites like this one, or she simply doesn’t care what our readers – many of whom claim first- or second-hand knowledge of Simon Monjack’s checkered past – have to say.