Isabella Wing-Davey was the personal assistant to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s reported that Wing-Davey, along with Hoffman’s friend, David Katz, discovered the actor dead in his West Village apartment in Manhattan on February 2. The alarm had been raised by Hoffman’s estranged girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell, when Hoffman failed to show up to spend time with the couple’s three children.
When Wing-Davey and Katz entered the apartment they found the actor dead, with a hypodermic needle in his arm, reports The Daily News.
The 911 call was reportedly made from Wing-Davey’s cellphone.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. She’s a Film School Graduate
Wing-Davey is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She described her time at Tisch in an article on NYU’s website:
One of the things I’ve really valued about being in this program has been the opportunity to develop a multitude of skills. From the development, production, and financing of a project to the sales/distribution, festival planning, and packaging of a film the knowledge I have gained has been invaluable.
In 2012, she directed a short movie called Candlesticks. In the credits, Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed as the assistant director. Prior to attending NYC, Wing-Davey was a History graduate from Cambridge University.
2. She Just Started Working on a Movie
— PRF/Bella Wing-Davey (@PowderRoomFilms) January 20, 2014
In 1860 Vanessa Kentworth is searching for her way. What she finds is an unusual path; collecting rain, contributing to science, finding love, and proving that every contribution is valuable. Inspired by G.J. Symons and his “Rainfall Organisation”, this is the story of two observers finding each other.
3. Her Last Facebook Post Came on Friday Night
She has not been active on social media since the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Her last post on Facebook was on Friday, January 31, when she was seeing All This Can Happen by Sue Davies at the Lincoln Center:
4. Her Father Is a Renowned British Actor
Wing-Davey is British, originally from London, and the daughter of Mark Wing-Davey, who is the chairman of the acting program at the Tisch School of the Arts.
Mark Wing-Davey was reportedly a good friend of Hoffman’s. Her father is also a member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, the same theater where Hoffman’s estranged girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell, is artistic director.
5. According to a Friend, She’s Been By Hoffman’s Side for the Last 2 Months
The cellphone greeting message on Wing-Davey’s phone asks callers to leave a message for “Bella Wing-Davey and Phil.” Meg Gibson, who worked with Wing-Davey and Hoffman, told The Daily News, “They were friends, very good friends…she’s been by his side in the last two months with everything he’s been working on.”