Cassandra Harris

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Cassandra Harris
Born Sandra Colleen Waites
15 December 1948
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 28 December 1991(1991-12-28) (aged 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Ovarian Cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1954–1985
Spouse(s) William Firth
(1964–1970)
Dermot Harris
(1970–1978)
Pierce Brosnan
(1980–1991; her death)
Children 3; including Chris Brosnan and Sean Brosnan

Sandra Colleen Waites (born 15 December 1948[1] – 28 December 1991[2]) known professionally as Cassandra Harris, was an Australian actress.

Early life[edit]

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 from 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.[3]

Family[edit]

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.

Death[edit]

Harris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the same disease which 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.[3] On 28 June 2013, her daughter Charlotte died from the same disease at age 41.[4]

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