Cassandra Harris Brosnan, an Australian-American actress, gained fame for playing Countess Lisl von Schlaf in the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only,” which starred Roger Moore. She was also well-known for marrying Pierce Brosnan, the successor to Daniel Craig as James Bond. She was the major influence in his life until her tragic and premature death from ovarian cancer. She was the one who brought Pierce to legendary Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli, who then cast Pierce in the lead role. That he added, “She made me the man I am, the actor I am, the father I am” when speaking about her is therefore not surprising. Cassandra has a successful acting career on her own. She acted in numerous films, including “The Greek Tycoon” and “Rough Cut,” in addition to TV shows like “Dick Barton: Special Agent” and “Remington Steele.” Her death had a tremendous effect on everyone who knew and loved her because she was also actively involved in charities that raised awareness about ovarian cancer.
Work & Fame of Cassandra Harris
Cassandra appeared in the wildly popular stage performance of “Boeing Boeing” (1965–1965) after receiving her degree from the “National Institute of Dramatic Art” in New South Wales, Australia. She came to London to join the “National Theatre” at the same time that she met William, her first husband.
She subsequently began performing in plays and going on TV auditions. In the 1977 episode “Devil’s Planet” of the science fiction television program “Space: 1999,” Cassandra received her first significant break. With the 1978 film “The Greek Tycoon,” which was partially based on the romance between Jacqueline Kennedy and Greek magnate Aristotle Onassis, she made her acting debut. A nominee for “The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards” in 1978, the film was a critical and financial failure. However, Cassandra’s performance garnered her favor and led to additional opportunities. She appeared in the television program “Shadows” that same year as well.
A successful year for the young actress was 1979. Pierce Brosnan, an actor, was introduced to her by a friend after she had already divorced her second husband. They started dating right away and got married in 1980 as a result of their immediate chemistry. In 1979, she was cast as Melissa, a recurrent character in the television series “Dick Barton: Special Agent.”
Cassandra appeared in the films “Rough Cut” and “Enemy At The Door” in 1980. When she was chosen to play Countess Lisl von Schlaf in “For Your Eyes Only” (1980), she became one of the select few actresses to become a Bond girl the following year. She became a global megastar because to the part. She featured several times as various characters on the television series “Remington Steele” throughout the course of the following few years, albeit she slowed down a little due to her health. As a result, her final appearance on screen was in the 1989 short film “Five Days.”
Individual Life of Cassandra Harris
Sandra Colleen Waites, the daughter of Walter and Roma Waites, was born Cassandra Harris on December 15, 1948 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Roma had ovarian cancer and lost tragically at a young age.
When Cassandra entered the National Institute of Dramatic Art in New South Wales as a 12-year-old in 1961, she adopted the stage name Sandra Gleeson. On February 24, 1964, she married William Firth, a student of architecture, when she was just sixteen years old. She moved to London in order to work at the “National Theatre.”
Following the dissolution of her marriage to William Firth in 1970, she wed British film producer Dermot Harris.
Daughter Charlotte was born on November 27, 1971, and son Christopher was born on November 11, 1972, as a result of their union. She began using the stage name Cassandra Harris about this period. She wed actor Pierce Brosnan on December 27, 1980, following her divorce from Dermot in 1978. Sean was born to them on September 13, 1983. In the years following Dermot Harris’s passing in 1986, Pierce went on to adopt both Christopher and Charlotte.
Unfortunately, Cassandra received the same ovarian cancer diagnosis as her mother in 1987 while residing in the USA. She lost her four-year fight on December 28, 1991, in Los Angeles, California, with her family by her side. On June 28, 2013, the same illness would subsequently claim the life of her daughter. Pierce subsequently recalled his wife’s passing by saying, “I held my first wife Cassie’s generous, strong, and beautiful hand as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon.” Since then, he has taken a leading role in advocating for cancer support and education.
Net worth of Cassandra Harris
The estimated net worth of Cassandra Harris is about $1 million.