The Tragic Experience Of Pierce Brosnan Losing His First Family Taught Him The Value Of Fatherhood

Life in the limelight is not always as glamorous as people may think. The sense of fame and fortune that follows is definitely a perk for celebrities, but sometimes a lack of privacy is accumulated in return. For some, this means speaking out about some of the more challenging moments of their lives, such as going through a public breakup or losing a loved one.

Actor Pierce Brosnan is most known for his role as secret agent James Bond in four of the James Bond films, including “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough,” and “Die Another Day.” He has also portrayed the character in a variety of video games in the same universe.

Brosnan moved to London, England, at 11 years old and went on to study at the Drama Center. He found work as a stage actor and quickly made his way to television and film, with one of his first breakthrough roles being in the TV series “Remington Steele.” Afterward, he found more success in films and ultimately went on to achieve worldwide fame for his role as James Bond.

However, Brosnan has had his fair share of struggles over the years. He was married to his first wife, Cassandra Harris, for 11 years before she sadly passed away. The couple had one biological son together, and Harris had two other children from a previous marriage, including Charlotte. After grieving the loss of his first wife, Brosnan also grieved the loss of Charlotte. The actor’s difficult experiences with fatherhood and death have helped Brosnan learn a powerful lesson about loss.

Experiencing Hardships
Brosnan is known for having a successful career and a long-lasting marriage to journalist Keely Shaye Smith. The pair have been married since 2001, and Smith has stood by Brosnan’s side during many of his more difficult moments in life, helping him learn to love again following the death of his first wife, Harris.

According to RSVP Live, Brosnan and Harris met in 1977. Harris was married at the time and already had two children, Christopher and Charlotte, who were 15 and 14 years old at the time. Brosnan and Harris eventually started dating and married in December 1980. They also had a son together named Sean.

Recalling his first time meeting Harris, Brosnan said, “What a beautiful looking woman. I never for an instant thought she was someone I’d spend 17 years of my life with. I didn’t think of wooing her, or attempting to woo her; I just wanted to enjoy her beauty and who she was.”

According to RSVP Live, Christopher and Charlotte took Brosnan’s surname after their father died in 1986. “We just clicked as a family,” Brosnan explained. “To begin with I was Pierce, then I was Daddy Pierce, and then I just became Dad.”

Sadly, Brosnan’s family faced many challenges in the years ahead. In 1987, Cassandra was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She passed away in December 1991 at the age of 43. It was a struggle for the children and Brosnan. “When your partner gets cancer, then life changes,” he said. “Your timetable and reference for your normal routines and the way you view life, all this changes. Because you’re dealing with death.”

Moving Forward
Brosnan was faced with tragedy again in 2013 when Charlotte also died from ovarian cancer at the age of 41. According to 9Honey, Brosnan was filming “The November Man” in Europe and rushed home to be with his daughter before her death.

He released a statement saying:

“On June 28 at 2 p.m. 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. Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humility, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful dear girl. We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be close at hand.”

Losing two people so important to him left Brosnan in a state of depression, according to 9Honey. “I don’t look at the cup as half full, believe me,” he said. “The dark, melancholy Irish dog sits beside me from time to time.” He continued, “To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away bit by bit by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an inedible part of your psyche.”

Ultimately, Brosnan’s marriage to Smith is what really helped him come to terms with his loss. While he has realized it’s important to grieve, he has also realized it’s important to keep living his life. “I know what it is like to be a widower and what it is like to find love again,” Brosnan said. “So I know there’s hope and that you have to learn to get on with it. But the memory of Cassie and her fight against cancer is never forgotten.”

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