Cassandra Harris

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Cassandra Harris
Born Sandra Colleen Waites
(1948-12-15)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
(m. 1964; div. 1970)

Dermot Harris
(m. 1970; div. 1978)

Pierce Brosnan
(m. 1980; her death 1991)
Children 3, including Chris 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 (1964–65).

She appeared in The Greek Tycoon (1978), Rough Cut (1980), and the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only (1981) 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, GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), and Die Another Day (2002). She guest starred in several episodes of the television series Remington Steele with her husband Brosnan; they married on 27 December 1980.[3]


She had three children: Charlotte Harris (born 1971-died 2013) and Christopher (born 1972) by Dermot Harris, brother of actor Richard Harris, and son Sean Brosnan (b. 1983), by Brosnan, who adopted Charlotte and Christopher after their father died in 1986.


In 1987, Harris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the same disease that claimed her own mother's life. Harris 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]



  1. ^ "California Death Records". 
  2. ^ "Cassandra Harris, Actress, 39". New York Times. 1991-12-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Cassandra Harris (Countess Lisl)". Archived from the original on 6 December 2004. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  4. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (1 July 2013). "Pierce Brosnan's Daughter Dies of Ovarian Cancer". People. 

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