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Born in London, England, UK
Died in Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK  (breast cancer)
Birth NameLucinda Jane Richardson

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Lucy Richardson was born on April 1, 1958 in London, England as Lucinda Jane Richardson. She is known for her work on Chocolat (2000), Elizabeth (1998) and The Saint (1997). She died on June 1, 2005 in Weybridge, Surrey, England.

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She was a few years older than Julian Lennon when he enrolled at the private Heath House School, in Weybridge, Surrey.

However, because John Lennon and the other Beatles used to visit the Richardson family's antique and jewellery shop, she knew Julian. So when he became homesick and unsettled she would be called out of class to sit with him while he drew pictures. One of those pictures was of Lucy. One day John Lennon came into the shop and said, 'Hello, Lucy in the sky with diamonds', but they thought it was just John being John. However, when a song with that same name appeared on 1967's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, the family began to wonder.

And when Lennon announced he had been inspired by his son's picture of a girl called Lucy, the pieces of the emotional jigsaw puzzle came together. It was in a 1975 interview that Lennon said: "Julian came in one day with a picture he painted about a school friend of his named Lucy. He had sketched in some stars in the sky and called it Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

Her mother said: "It was then we realised why he had been calling our Lucy 'Lucy in the sky.'"

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