You may recall a character by the name of Jennifer Dugan in Spider-Man 3. It was a small role played by Lucy Gordon, who got her start in acting in Perfume in 2001, later appearing in the aforementioned Spider-Man film, Serendipity, and The Four Feathers. She also played the actress-singer Jane Birkin in the biopic Gainsbourg.
Her seemingly blessed life would eventually turn tragic, though, as she was pushed to the brink - committing suicide in Paris on May 20, 2009. She went from a starlet-in-the-making to a state of apparent distress, depression and sadness that was difficult to live with.
It was on May 20, 2009 that Gordon was found hanging in the Paris flat she shared with cinematographer Jérôme Alméras. A French police official stated that she appeared to have committed suicide by hanging. She left two suicide notes, one detailing her last wishes regarding her estate, the other a letter for her parents to read.
Her father, Richard Gordon, remarked that a post-mortem exam proved she had died from hanging and that no other marks were found on her body. Here's what he said about the possibility of foul play:
"There is no question of foul play. Lucy committed suicide."
Gordon wrote her will on May 19, 2009, the day before her death. She split her estate between Alméras, her friends, her parents, and her sister.
This goes to show that beauty, fame, and money isn't enough to cure emotional distress and anguish. If we can't live with ourselves, no level of success can cure that. Robin Williams comes to mind, as one of the most influential and successful comedians ever - who still suffered immensely.
I doubt that a day goes by that Gordon's friends and family don't wish that they could have done something differently or reached out a helping hand. I urge you to do the same for people you know who may be suffering. All of us like to appear above it all, happy, and able to cope. But that's not always the case, even when on the surface level we have "got it going on."
The suicide hotline's number is: 1 (800) 273-8255 and website is: www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
Please reach out if you are ever in need, or feeling like you cannot go on; you can!