Friday, April 12, 2024

Pierce Brosnan Family Tragedy: Stepdaughter Dies of Ovarian Cancer


Sad news: Actor Pierce Brosnan’s stepdaughter– but also his adopted daughter–has died of ovarian cancer. Charlotte Brosnan was 41. She was the daughter of Pierce’s  late wife Cassandra and her own late husband, Dermot Harris. Dermot was the brother of famed British actor Richard Harris, also now gone. That makes Charlotte first cousin to “Mad Men” actor Jared Harris and his two brothers.

Cassandra was five years older than Pierce, who adopted her two children (son Christopher) and changed their names to Brosnan. Pierce has said that Dermot Harris– who died of a heart attack at age 43 in 1986– wasn’t much of a father. Pierce– a stand up guy who’s taken care of all these families and kids–  once described Cassandra’s marriage to Harris as “painful.”

The great tragedy is that Cassandra, Charlotte, and Cassandra’s mother all died of ovarian cancer. Charlotte Brosnan leaves husband and two children.

“Charlotte fought her cancer with rare grace and humanity, courage and dignity,” Pierce Brosnan said in a statement. “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 at hand soon. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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