From the outside, Lucy Gordon seemed to be on top of the world. She was born in Oxford, England before moving to France for most of her childhood. Gordon made her screen debut in 2001 and went on to star with some of the biggest names in cinema, including John Cusack, Audrey Tautou, and Tobey Maguire. Throughout the 2000s, she found herself in smaller film roles in hits like Serendipity and Spider-Man 3, although her big breakthrough performance was as the real-life actress and singer Jane Birkin in 2010’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, which she reportedly loved working on.
She was noted by her coworkers as generous, gentle, and greatly talented, and by her family as the kind of person “who gave her all for others and thought of others before herself.” So it came as a shock to friends and family alike when, two days before her 29th birthday, Gordon’s boyfriend found her body hanging in her Paris apartment. Those closest to her admitted that she had been intensely disturbed by the recent suicide of a friend.