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Pierce Brosnan Finds Grandparenthood 'Intoxicating' — 2 Grandkids Are Half-Orphans as His Adopted Daughter Died

Olawale Ogunjimi
Jul 15, 2022
04:30 P.M.
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Pierce Brosnan has been through many tragic occurrences, including the death of his wife and daughter. But now, the actor appears to have found happiness. Here are details of Brosnan's life, including his role as a proud grandfather.

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Irish Actor and Film Producer Pierce Brosnan has exchanged wedding vows twice. The Hollywood star's first marriage was to Australian Actress Cassandra Harris.

They first met in the 1970s, and after many years, the former couple tied the knot in December 1980. Three years later, Brosnan and Cassandra welcomed their only son, Sean.

Actor Pierce Brosnan, wife Cassandra Harris, daughter Charlotte Harris and son Christopher Harris attend the First Annual Beverly Hills St. Patrick's Day Parade Celebrity Brunch on March 17, 1985 at Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Actor Pierce Brosnan, wife Cassandra Harris, daughter Charlotte Harris and son Christopher Harris attend the First Annual Beverly Hills St. Patrick's Day Parade Celebrity Brunch on March 17, 1985 at Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

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They lived happily as a family of three until 1986, when the "James Bond'' star adopted his wife's two children from a previous relationship, Charlotte and Christopher, following the death of their father, Dermot Harris.

Brosnan later revealed that he and his adopted children clicked as a family. The Irish actor and his family would live happily until 1987 when tragedy struck. Cassandra was diagnosed with cancer after the doctors found a malignant tumor in her ovaries.

It was devastating for the family, but they had to do everything possible to save the actress's life. Brosnan made it known that Cassandra and the family had a fight on their hands from the first day.

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Actor Pierce Brosnan, wife Cassandra Harris, daughter Charlotte Harris and Christopher Harris attend the "Cats" Opening Night Musical Performance on January 11, 1985 at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, California. | Source: Getty Images

Actor Pierce Brosnan, wife Cassandra Harris, daughter Charlotte Harris and Christopher Harris attend the "Cats" Opening Night Musical Performance on January 11, 1985 at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, California. | Source: Getty Images

Indeed, it was a tough time, but thankfully, the actor was always by his wife's side. For the next year and a half, Cassandra would undergo eight operations and chemotherapy; still, there was a lot of pain.

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The illness and drugs weighed greatly on the actress, causing her to lose her hair and feel rotten. But even though Cassandra was very sick, she tried her best to be strong for the family, especially her kids.

She would watch from her chair while they screamed and somersaulted into the pool at home. Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before she was exhausted. After a four-year battle with the illness, Cassandra passed away in December 1991.

BROSNAN FINDS LOVE AGAIN

 Actor Pierce Brosnan, girlfriend Keely Shaye Smith, his son Christopher Brosnan, his daughter Charlotte Brosnan and his mother May Smith attend the "Goldeneye" New York City Premiere Party on November 13, 1995 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Actor Pierce Brosnan, girlfriend Keely Shaye Smith, his son Christopher Brosnan, his daughter Charlotte Brosnan and his mother May Smith attend the "Goldeneye" New York City Premiere Party on November 13, 1995 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Cassandra's death made Brosnan a single dad. It was not an easy feat, but the "Black Adam" star had to stay strong for his kids.

For the Hollywood icon, being a father was a huge but satisfying responsibility. So, he raised his children alone while coping with his wife's death for the next ten years before falling in love again.

Irish actor Pierce Brosnan embraces his adopted daughter Charlotte Harris (1971-2013) alongside Harris's partner, American artist Alex Smith, at an after party, held at Spago in West Hollywood, California, 8th May 1993. | Source: Getty Images

Irish actor Pierce Brosnan embraces his adopted daughter Charlotte Harris (1971-2013) alongside Harris's partner, American artist Alex Smith, at an after party, held at Spago in West Hollywood, California, 8th May 1993. | Source: Getty Images

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Brosnan found love in the arms of his second wife and Journalist Keely Shaye Smith. After dating for a while, the pair walked down the aisle in 2001 and welcomed two children together, Paris and Dylan.

A few years later, the "Mamma Mia" actor also became a grandfather for the first time after his adopted daughter, Charlotte, welcomed two children, Isabella and Lucas, with her husband, Alex Smith.

TRAGEDY STRIKES AGAIN

Actor Pierce Brosnan (left) and daughter Charlotte arrives at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 19, 2006 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Actor Pierce Brosnan (left) and daughter Charlotte arrives at The Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 19, 2006 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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After many years of mourning his late wife, Brosnan appeared to have finally found happiness. Sadly, it was only a matter of time before tragedy struck again. On June 28, 2013, the actor lost his daughter Charlotte to Ovarian Cancer, the same illness that claimed her mother's life.

She was only 41, and her death meant that Isabel and Lucas had become semi-orphans. It was heartbreaking for Brosnan as his daughter's death brought back painful memories. Following Charlotte's death, the actor released a statement that read:

"On June 28 at 2 pm, my darling daughter, Charlotte Emily, passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Alex, children Isabella and Lucas, and brothers, Christopher and Sean."

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"Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humility, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful girl. We pray for her and that the cure of this wretched disease will be close at hand," he concluded.

Following Charlotte's demise, many family members opened up about how much of an amazing person the deceased was and how she made a significant impact on her children, one of which was Charlotte's close friend, Claire Beckwith. She noted:

"To their mummy, Bella and Lucas were absolutely the pinnacle. They have always got that for the rest of their life, that their mom just worshiped them."

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Actor Pierce Brosnan, son Christopher Brosnan and daughter Charlotte Brosnan attend the 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1992 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Actor Pierce Brosnan, son Christopher Brosnan and daughter Charlotte Brosnan attend the 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1992 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Beckwith further confessed that Charlotte wanted to give her family as much love as possible and was devoted to them. Other family friends like Nancy Ellison also revealed that Charlotte was a bubbly, gorgeous, and almost goofy girl.

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Indeed, losing such a soul was tragic for the entire Brosnan family. But, while still grieving for his daughter, Brosnan would receive good news. He had become a grandfather for the third time as his oldest son, Sean, welcomed a child, Marley May, with his wife, Sanja Banic.

BROSNAN'S LIFE AS A GRANDDAD

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After many complicated years filled with grief and happy moments, Brosnan has come to appreciate life and the time spent with his family.

Besides being a doting dad, the actor cherishes having grandkids. He once described himself as a "proud grandfather." Brosnan has often spoken candidly about his grandchildren and how much he loves them.

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In an April 2017 episode of "Live With Kelly and Ryan," the proud grandfather opened up about his adorable little granddaughter, Marley. In Brosnan's words:

"She just melts my heart. Such a joy to be a grandparent. There is just something intoxicating about it and beautiful."

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Afterward, Kelly asked the actor if it was possible to love grandchildren more than children, and Brosnan replied in the affirmative. He noted that it was so because of the time that grandkids arrived.

According to the Hollywood icon, grandchildren arrived at a time when one knew they were getting older. Hence the need to cherish those special moments with them.

Despite his busy schedule, Brosnan ensures he spends time with his grandchildren. In February 2017, he was spotted cradling Marley while walking with the little girl's parents.

Fans are joyful to see that the actor is finally in a happy place. Hopefully, the smiles on his face will remain intact for a very long time.

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