Pierce Brosnan’s daughter, Charlotte, died on Friday, June 28 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was just 41 years old.
It’s almost impossible to fathom this loss for the actor, one of the nicest guys in the business, who lost his own wife Cassandra Harris in 1991 to the same illness. Brosnan adopted Charlotte when he married Cassandra Harris and always referred to her as his daughter.
A few months back when he promoted his latest film, “Love Is All You Need,” a romantic comedy directed by Susanne Blier, about a widower in his 60s who finds love again after the death of his beloved wife, Brosnan talked about what he drew on for the role.
“Well I do remember someone living through an illness a long time ago who had the greatest of grace and dignity,” he mused. “A grace under pressure and the cup was always half full, even though the news that would keep coming was always so dire and so terrible, namely my late wife. There were many emblems within this film I could identify with, being a father, being a man who loses a wife in the script to being a tragic father. Also being a single father, so those were all the ingredients that made me turn the page. The writing was so beautiful.”
Brosnan added that going back to work is what helped him get through his tragedy.
“My own personal experience was certainly one of grieving and grief, and I worked, I just worked. It was all I knew how to do and when you go through a long illness, certainly one of cancer, there’s a certain release of it and relief that it has come to an end, because the suffering can be unbearable as opposed to an abrupt stop to life when they go out the door, the loved one never comes home because of some accident. The inertia from that is paralysis, let’s say.”