Pierce Brosnan first met actress Cassandra Harris in 1977, when she was still married to her husband Dermot Harris, with whom she had two children, Chris and Charlotte.
Harris’ charm and attractiveness were reported to have charmed Brosnan. She was five years his senior, yet he fell in love with her right away, and they married five years later. Brosnan formally adopted Harris’ two children after the death of her first husband. Sean, the couple’s first child, was born on their own.
“We just clicked as a family,” said the actor once. “First I was Pierce, then I was Daddy Pierce, and finally I was just Dad.” Charlotte and Chris have been incredible in my life.”
When Sean was born, the family seemed to be complete. But then, in 1987, Harris was given the dreadful diagnosis. She died after a four-year struggle with ovarian cancer.
Brosnan remembers his wife’s death as the longest night of his life.
“I was helpless in my confusion and anger.” “She was comforting me,” he told People as he spoke up about his heartbreaking loss.
“She shaped me into the man I am, the actor I am, and the father I am.”
“She’s imprinted on every fiber of my being.” She is with me every day. I consider myself really fortunate to have found someone like that.”
The children, as predicted, were devastated by the loss.
Charlotte saw her mother struggle and eventually succumb to the horrifying condition that led to her drug and alcohol addiction.
Unfortunately, ovarian cancer returned to haunt Charlotte when she was diagnosed. She went through a very difficult therapy and tried to stay cheerful, but she, like her mother, lost the fight. Charlotte died at the age of 42 on June 28, 2013.
She married her partner Alex Smith in an intimate wedding attended by her closest relatives and friends only days before her death.
Pierce Brosnan honored his daughter. “On June 28th, my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer,” the actor said, according to The Guardian. “She was surrounded by her husband, Alex, their children, Isabella and Lucas, as well as their brothers, Christopher and Sean.”
“Charlotte battled cancer with uncommon grace and humanity, courage and dignity.” Our hearts are crushed with the death of our precious little baby. We pray for her and hope that a treatment for this dreadful sickness will be found soon. We appreciate everyone’s genuine sympathies.”
Today, Charlotte’s children are all grown up. Her daughter Isabelle is just as beautiful as her late mother.