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

Cassandra Harris
Sandra Colleen Waites

(1948-12-15)15 December 1948
Died28 December 1991(1991-12-28) (aged 43)
Cause of deathOvarian cancer
Years active1954–1985
William Firth
(m. 1964; div. 1970)

Dermot Harris
(m. 1970; div. 1978)

Pierce Brosnan
(m. 1980)
Children3, including Sean Brosnan


Early lifeEdit

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. 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 (1971–2013) and Christopher (born 1972) by Dermot Harris, brother of actor Richard Harris, and son Sean Brosnan (b. 1983), by Pierce Brosnan, who adopted Charlotte and Christopher after their father died in 1986.


In 1987 Cassandra Harris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the same disease that had claimed her own mother's life. Cassandra Harris battled the illness for four years until her death on 28 December 1991 aged 43.[3] Her daughter Charlotte also died from ovarian cancer on 28 June 2013 aged 42.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Greek Tycoon Cassandra
1980 Rough Cut Mrs. Lloyd Palmer
1981 For Your Eyes Only Countess Lisl von Schlaf


  1. ^ "California Death Records".
  2. ^ "Cassandra Harris, Actress, 39". The New York Times. 31 December 1991.
  3. ^ a b "Cassandra Harris (Countess Lisl)". Archived from the original on 6 December 2004. Retrieved 2010-10-01.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (1 July 2013). "Pierce Brosnan's Daughter Dies of Ovarian Cancer". People.

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