For Pierce Brosnan, ovarian cancer research is a cause the actor holds especially close to his heart, as he lost both his wife, Cassandra Harris, and daughter, Charlotte Brosnan, to the disease.
"I have sat at bedsides and seen the suffering and despair firsthand and it astounds me that we still do not have a cure for this pernicious disease," Pierce, 61, told Closer at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s 20th Anniversary Legends Gala in NYC on Wednesday.
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The James Bond star first met his future wife in 1977 and the couple married in December 1980. They welcomed a son, actor Sean Brosnan, in 1983. Three years later, Pierce legally adopted Cassandra's two older children, Charlotte and Christopher.
While filming 1987's 'The Deceivers' in India, Cassandra suddenly fell ill and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She passed away on Dec. 18, 1991 at age 43.
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Then, tragedy struck Pierce's family again when Charlotte passed away at age 41 after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer in June 2013.
"The night comes with many emotions for me," Pierce, who has since remarried, told the mag about the event. "I would like to see this disease banished from our society. I would like to see the cure for ovarian cancer as a man who lost a wife and a daughter to the disease."
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