Cassandra Harris

Cassandra Harris Biography

Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl von Schlaf

Cassandra Harris was an Australian actress who made a name for herself in the entertainment industry through her performances in television shows and movies.

Born as Sandra Colleen Waites on December 15, 1948, in Sydney, Harris was a talented actress who enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art at the age of 12 under the name Sandra Gleeson. She began her acting career in the early 1960s and went on to become a renowned performer.

Cassandra Harris’s acting career took off with her first appearance in a 1977 episode of the British TV sci-fi show Space: 1999. In 1978, she appeared in the movie The Greek Tycoon. She starred in Enemy at The Door in 1979, Rough Cut in 1980, and the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only in 1981, where she was cast as Bond girl Countess Lisl von Schlaf.


During the filming of For Your Eyes Only, Cassandra Harris introduced producer Albert R. Broccoli to her husband Pierce Brosnan, who would later become James Bond in four films. Harris and Brosnan had met while filming the TV series Remington Steele and got married on December 27, 1980. Harris had three children, Charlotte Harris, Christopher Harris, and Sean Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan adopted Charlotte and Christopher after their father, Dermot Harris, died in 1986.

In 1987, Cassandra Harris was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the same disease that had claimed her mother’s life. She fought the illness for four years before succumbing to it on December 28, 1991, at the age of 43, just 13 days after her birthday. Unfortunately, her daughter Charlotte also passed away from ovarian cancer on June 28, 2013, at the age of 42, making Harris’s legacy all the more poignant.