|Born||Sandra Colleen Waites
15 December 1948
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||28 December 1991
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
(1980–1991; her death)
|Children||3; including Chris Brosnan and Sean Brosnan|
Born in Sydney, Australia, Harris was a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She enrolled in 1961, aged 12, under the name Sandra Gleeson. She went on to perform in the successful Sydney stage production of Boeing Boeing (1964–65).
She appeared in The Greek Tycoon (1978), Rough Cut (1980), and the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only as the Countess Lisl von Schlaf, the ill-fated mistress of Milos Colombo (played by Israeli actor Topol). While filming this movie, her third husband, Pierce Brosnan, met producer Albert R. Broccoli, which eventually led to his casting as James Bond in four films. She guest starred in several episodes of the television series Remington Steele with her husband Brosnan; they married on 27 December 1980.
She had three children: Christopher and Charlotte Harris by Dermot Harris, the brother of the late Richard Harris, and son Sean Brosnan (b. 1983), by Brosnan, who adopted Christopher and Charlotte after their father died in 1986.
Harris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the same disease that claimed her own mother's life, in 1987 and battled the illness for four years until she died from it on 28 December 1991, aged 43. On 28 June 2013, her daughter Charlotte died from the same disease at age 41.