Sandra Collen Waites, popularly known as Cassandra Harris, people recognize her as the wife of Bond actor Pierce Brosnan. Apart from that, she had made a prominent place in the entertainment industry. Australian-American actress was notably known for playing the role of ‘Countess Lisl von Schlaf’ in James Bond movie ‘For Your Eyes Only’.
Unfortunately, the veteran actress left the world at the age of 42 after battling four years with ovarian cancer. The actress was diagnosed with the disease in the year 1987. Additionally, Brosnan still credits Harris for having a great impact on his life. Keep on reading to get the information on her personal life, relationship, and death.
Caption: Cassandra Harris and Pierce Brosnan
Cassandra Harris: Bio, Family, Education, Career
Harris was born on 15 December 1948, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Sandra Colleen Waites. She was the daughter of the Australian parents, Roma and Walter Waites. There is no further information on her parents and siblings.
Looking at her education, at the age of 12, she attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art under the name Sandra Gleeson. Then, she had performed in the role of stage show ‘Boeing Boeing’, produced by Sydney. However, after that in 1961, she relocated to London from Sydney.
Talking about her career, the Australian-born actress started her acting career in 1954. After performing the successful role in the stage show ‘Boeing Boeing’ from 1964 to 1965. She had appeared as ‘Cassandra’ in the American film ‘The Greek Tycoon’ in 1978. Then in 1980, Sandra played the role of ‘Mrs. Lloyd Palmer’ in the movie ‘Rough Cut’. Following that, she was seen working as ‘Countess Lisl Von Schlaf’ in the movie ‘For Your Eyes Only’ along with her third husband Pierce Brosnan. Also, she has appeared in several episodes of Remington Steel as a guest actor along with her husband.
Cassandra Harris: Personal Life, Husband, & Death
Before passing away in the age of 43, the actress was married thrice. She had her first marriage in the year 1964 with William Firth. Cassandra and Williams had spent six years together before their married relationship ended in 1970. In the same year, she again found her love in the man named Dermot Harris. However, their relationship didn’t last long and got separated after eight years. Though their relationship didn’t go well, their married life had produced two children. They are daughter Charlotte Harris and son Christopher Harris.
Caption: Late Actress Cassandra Harris and Pierce Brosnan
Again, in 1980, loved knocked her way and married to the Irish-American actor Pierce Brosnan. After the death of her ex-husband Dermot, he adopted both the children in 1986. Later after the three years of their marriage, they welcomed their son Sean Brosnan.
The couple was spending their days happily along with their children but in 1987, the actress was diagnosed by ovarian cancer. From the same disease, she lost her mother. Later, her daughter Charlotte also died from the same ovarian disease in the year 2013. Additionally, the actress had battled for four years form the disease. On 28 December 1991, she left her loved ones behind and went far away.
After the three years of Cassandra’s death, Pierce met American journalist Keely Shaye Smith in Mexico. Then in 2001, they tied a knot at Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland. The couple had two sons; Dylan and Paris. Further, he added that he is lucky to find love again with his second wife in an interview.