Hollywoods Most Wanted
Back in the 1990’s Pierce Brosnan was one of the most desirable men in Hollywood. He made major waves by portraying James Bond and he was truly everything Bond was supposed to be. Many wondered who would become the girl that could be wrapped in his arms.
All Eyes On His New Wife
Given his very being, people were shocked when they saw him with Keely Shaye around his arm. She was far from your typical Hollywood bombshell. She, in fact, was nothing like any of the women of Hollywood. She was well rounded and had very average looks. Nobody expected a mega star like Pierce Brosnan to hit the red carpets with anyone who was average. This was the man who could literally have anyone he wanted.
She has come under a lot of fire in the years gone by over all the weight that she has gained. she often pops up on those cruel articles that talk about the worst bikini bodies in all of Hollywood. This apparently hasn’t stopped him from loving her at all. In fact, his love for her has only grown throughout the years. Many wonder how this bond has gotten so strong. Most Hollywood romances end pretty quickly. This one has gone over twenty years.
Pierce wasn’t in the best shape of his life when he found himself down in Mexico. He had just gotten past a number of hardships and was struggling on a daily basis. Things changed on that fateful day as he just happened to bump into Keely on a beach in Mexico. His heart jumped from his chest and he knew he had found a future with this woman.
Pierce was pretty much on a getaway, but Keely wasn’t there on a vacation. She was actually sent to Mexico on a mission to interview Ted Danson, the star from Cheers. She met Brosnan at a party and was immediately taken by him. “He was captivating. Tall, dark, and handsome. Everything that everybody would immediately be attracted to,” she said, “He had a mischievous sparkle in his eyes.”
The First Date
A few days after meeting, they had their first date in Mexico. The two walked along the beach and laid in the sand and talked till 3AM. She recalls it as being a very romantic night. The stars were shining brightly on their blooming love. They probably wouldn’t have been able to tell at the time, but soon Keely would become his rock and he would grow to depend on her.
Keely could see something in Pierce that we couldn’t. She said that underneath the charm there was something tragic about Brosnan. It would soon surface and it was the help that she’d give in through this that would make her a lasting fixture to his life. She’d soon be something very real to this man. She just gave him something that the other girls couldn’t.
Pierce At His Height
Pierce reached his peak popularity in the mid-1990’s. He was 007 and the whole world was nuts about the guy. He worked on four James Bond movies and worked alongside some of Hollywood’s hottest girls. He was up close and personal with big names like Denise Richards and Halle Barry. Despite that, he was thinking of Keely the whole time and would even fly her out so that she could be on set with him.
Nowhere Without Her
This seemingly unknown actress would suddenly pop up with Brosnan at A-list parties, movie premiers and on the sets of his movies. The whole world was wonder who she was and how he had become so attached to her. “Wherever I went in the world I missed her, and I’d send her tickets to come so we could be together. We just seemed to fit,” Pierce recently recalled.
What Kept Them Strong
The strength between their bond lied in the fact that she had actually saved him for himself at a time when he felt utterly alone and hopeless. While he was a megastar back in the early 1990’s, it was actually one of the hardest times of his life. The answer to his misery goes back to the late 1970’s and the first love of his life. Let’s take a look back at a much younger Brosnan.
Pierce was a young man back in 1977. He was an aspiring actor that had just finished acting school and was ready for his career to blossom. It was at this point that he met Cassandra Harris. Likewise to him, she was also just getting her professional acting career off the ground. Pierce didn’t think he had a shot with her, she was just too beautiful for him.
Didn’t Think He Had A Shot
Upon meeting her, he described his feelings for her by saying, “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.” It was this attitude that ended up playing to his advantage because they two would ultimately end up getting together and their careers would take off together.
As the 1970’s and came to a close, the stars began getting their first roles. Cassandra’s career actually got off the floor before his. Her most notable appearance was probably alongside Roger Moore in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only. That’s right, she starred in a James Bond flick fourteen years before her husband would end up wowing audiences with Golden Eye.
Living The Good Life
Life looked pretty good for Pierce. By 1983 the two were married and had their first child Sean together. He would also go on to adopt her kids Charlotte and Chris after their father passed away in 1986. His life looked so complete. He couldn’t imagine any drastic changes coming his way. He felt he was with the woman that he’d be with for the rest of his life.
Tragedy Hits Home
In 1987 Brosnan was filming The Deceivers in Rajasthan, India. His career and life was looking better every day. Then his wife became very ill. In India, she felt tired every day and her stomach was bloated. Nobody was expecting the worst to happen when she became ill. Sadly, this was the beginning of a new period in his life. They took her to the doctor’s office and he dropped an absolute bombshell on them. Cassandra would begin to fight for her life.
Cassandra was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She’d fight hard for almost five years and all the while encourage her husband to keep working. She picked all her treatments. She made sure to second guess everything. As frightened as you are, you have to second-guess. I was the quiet party, but I was always there for her.” Cassandra had her fate completely in her own hands.
Fighting For Her Life
The doctors put her through eight operations on top of a year and a half of chemotherapy. She also looked for a cure in holistic medicine and macrobiotics. After each session, she’d retreat to her room and rest until she had the strength to get up. Sean would often play doctor and nurse her. Brosnan looked back on the time and said, “He would nurse her, and then she would feel good and get on with her life—organize the children, plan my career, redecorate this house.”
Cassandra’s Final Days
Two years into her illness, her and Pierce moved into a house in Malibu. He thought she would enjoy the peacefulness the hills had to offer. Despite her illness, Cassandra would stay active. She would walk for miles outside, hang out by the swimming pool and would spend a lot of her times outdoors. While she did have bouts of weakness, she’d try to stay active and maintain a very healthy lifestyle.
Keeping Things Up
Jerome Hellman, one of Hollywood’s top producers said the following when looking back on her final days, “you’d come into that house, and it would be all wellness. The kids would be screaming and leaping into the pool and doing somersaults while Harris watched from her chair.” She would also keep the house nice and clean and also manage her husband’s career.
Pierce Still Worked
Despite her condition, Cassandra pushed her husband to work. She believed that it would be good for him. In fact, her last words to him was, “Always an actor.” Brosnan recalls the last time he ever laid in bed with his wife. He said he felt confused, angry and helpless. Brosnan recalled, “She was comforting me. She said, ‘Please, darling, don’t worry. It’s just a life winding down.’ What can you do?”
Cassandra Passing On
In December of 1991, Cassandra passed away and Brosnan felt utterly destroyed. He said in a 1992 interview, “There is an incredible cruelty in it all. Losing a person you shared everything with. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever experienced bereavement, and it’s overwhelming.” He then went to state, “She has made me the man I am, the actor I am, the father I am. She’s forever embedded in every fiber of my being.”
Brosnan Starting All Over
The past fourteen years of his life had been spent with the woman of his dreams. They two had risen to Hollywood fame with each other. Now Brosnan suddenly found himself alone while at the height of his career. As a method of shielding himself from the pain, Brosnan began working more than ever before and elevating his career status even higher.
Between 1992 and 1995, Brosnan became a Hollywood A-list celebrity. He popped out big hits like The Lawnmower Man, Mrs. Doubtfire and Livewire. What made him a giant was landing the role of James Bond. He would have gotten the part back in the 1980’s, but had other commitments. This was the big part he had been waiting for. Yet he was still highly damaged from losing his wonderful wife.
Learning To Mourn
When Brosnan found himself in Mexico, he wasn’t looking to find a wife. He wasn’t even interested in any woman, but there was something very special about Keely. They had a bond that quickly grew. She did notice early on that he never properly mourned for his wife. With that, she began to encourage him to mourn for his late wife. When he did, he felt free after so many years and his relationship with Keely grew strong.
In 2001, Brosnan and Keely got married in Ballintubber Abbey, Ireland in a wedding in a $1.5 million wedding. He said of his new wife, “I found a great woman in Keely Shaye. Not if I searched a million times over would I find one as good.” The two even went on to have two children together, Dylan and Paris.
Tragedy Hits A Second Time
While everything for Pierce looked bright, tragedy would strike a second time when his daughter got ovarian cancer. Although she wasn’t blood related, he took her in as his own after her father died. He stated during an interview, “We just clicked as a family,’ he said. ‘To begin with I was Pierce, then I was Daddy Pierce, and then I just became Dad. Charlotte and Chris have just been amazing in my life.’
Pierce again found himself fighting along side of loved one against something that robbed him of his first marriage. Him, Keely and all of their family were with her as she fought for her life. She even managed to keep a positive out look while fighting and kept people posted about it on social media. Sadly, in the end it wasn’t enough and like her mother, Charlotte passed on.
22 years had gone by and again cancer came and took one of his loved ones away. He left this statement concerning his late daughter, “Charlotte fought her cancer with grace and humanity, 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 soon. We thank everyone for their heartfelt condolences.”
The loss didn’t destroy Brosnan this time around. In fact, he dealt with the loss in a very healthy way. Keely completely saw to that. She was there to support him, to tell him it was okay to mourn. She really had his back through everything. Despite her not being a huge Hollywood bombshell, no woman could support him and love him quite like she does. She is always there for him when he is in pain.
He’s A Survivor
Today Pierce Brosnan is continuing on his path of success. He had a movie career that consistently features him on big screens across the world. Likely this wouldn’t be happening if he didn’t have Keely by his side. She really is the most positive force in his life. With her, we can promise that we’ll be seeing Pierce Brosnan in the movies for years and years to come.