Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Lowe and Reese Witherspoon joined forces on Friday night (05Sep14) to raise money and awareness for the Stand Up To Cancer charity at a star-studded telethon. The fourth biennial event, broadcast live in the U.S. and Canada from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, featured a slew of famous faces, including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Mike Myers, calling on viewers to give generously to the organisation in order to continue supporting research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson boosted awareness online by engaging with fans on Twitter.com as Fast & Furious' Jordana Brewster participated in a Facebook question and answer session, during which two male fans proposed to the married actress.
Angie Harmon, comedian Dane Cook, Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello and Scandal star Tony Goldwyn were among the celebrities who helped man the phones and accept live donations, while Robert Downey, Jr. sent in a video message and Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and funnyman Danny McBride all took part in a humorous, pre-recorded cancer awareness public service announcement (PSA).
However, one of the most touching celebrity appearances of the night came from former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who recalled losing his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, to the disease in 1991, followed by his stepdaughter Charlotte last year (13).
Addressing the audience, he said, "To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away, bit by bit, by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche.
"I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife, Cassie, as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherent disease."
Thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also gave a moving speech towards the end of the hour-long show, urging audience members to shine a light for loved ones battling the disease as she and Kevin Bacon introduced the event's closing performance from rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common and singer Jennifer Hudson, belting out their new cancer survivors' anthem, Remission.
Dave Matthews, Ariana Grande and The Who, via satellite from London, also performed during the telethon.
But the night didn't go quite as smoothly as planned - a live link-up with Ben Stiller from Toronto, Canada had to be axed at the last minute due to a technical problem, prompting presenter Mike Myers to quip, "Evidently, lightening has struck something in Toronto, because I am doomed never to have a live telecast without controversy. I think it's Hurricane Kanye has hit Toronto... (sic)".
The Austin Powers star was famously left dumbstruck back in 2005, when he stood by as rapper Kanye West notoriously lashed out at then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live TV fundraiser to help the victims of the New Orleans, Louisiana natural disaster.
Irish actor Pierce Brosnan turned to religion to help him through the pain of his adopted daughter's death last year (13). Charlotte Brosnan, 41, died last June (13) after a battle with ovarian cancer - the same disease that killed her mother Cassandra Harris, the James Bond star's first wife.
The actor has now revealed his religious upbringing helped him deal with the family tragedy.
He tells German newspaper Bild, "My faith has always helped me. I'm Catholic. That's all you have left when your heart is just a dark hole at four in the morning and you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. No one can escape life's pain. That's life."
Brosnan now lives in Hawaii with his second wife Keely Shaye Smith.
Actor Pierce Brosnan has taken to writing poetry to cope with his grief following his daughter's death, according to photographer pal Nancy Ellison. Charlotte Brosnan, 41, lost her battle with ovarian cancer - the same disease that killed her mother Cassandra Harris, the Irish actor's first wife - on 28 June (13).
The former Bond star has been left devastated by her passing, and his close friend Ellison reveals the hunk is now using writing as an emotional outlet, insisting he finds it very therapeutic.
She told People magazine, "His grief makes him a poet. I forget that about him because he doesn't live in grief. But now and then, grief hits him again, and this rushing poetry comes out of him. This heart bursts open that feels pain but somehow looks for beauty at the same time."
Ellison also shared an email she recently received from Brosnan, who has vowed to remain strong in the face of tragedy - it reads, "Just to either side sits sorrow and grief. However, my head is unbowed and my spirit is Irish strong. I have faith that from it all will come a beauty."
James Bond star Pierce Brosnan tried everything in his power to help his cancer-stricken daughter in the last years of her life, according to a close family friend. Charlotte Brosnan passed away on 28 June (13) after a battle with ovarian cancer, the same disease that killed her mother Cassandra Harris, the Irish actor's first wife, 22 years earlier.
According to Lisa Paulsen, president of the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Brosnan's longtime pal, the Hollywood star had hoped Charlotte would beat the cancer and pushed to get her into the latest clinical trials.
Paulsen tells People.com, "Pierce was willing to pick up the phone and call anyone, go anywhere, take her anywhere, do anything for her at anytime. He was desperate. After Cassie passed away, Pierce became a fierce champion and ambassador to all things related to women's cancer research."
Paulsen has consoled her friend by assuring him his efforts haven't been in vain: "I told Pierce, 'Despite the fact that Charlotte didn't end up benefiting from long-term new ovarian cancer therapies, so many things that you have done have led to so many discoveries'. He's a remarkable and loving father, and Charlotte was such a trooper."
Brosnan, who married second wife Keely Shaye Smith in 2001, paid tribute to his daughter shortly after her death, praising Charlotte for fighting the disease with "grace and humanity, courage and dignity".
She was Harris' daughter from a previous marriage, but Brosnan adopted her and her brother Christopher as his own after their father's death in 1986.
Pierce Brosnan's late daughter married her longtime partner just weeks before she lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Charlotte Brosnan passed away aged 42 on Friday (28Jun13) from the same disease which killed her mother Cassandra Harris, the Bond star's first wife, 22 years earlier.
She decided to make her relationship with artist Alex Smith official before she died, and the pair exchanged vows in front of their families in London on 14 June (13).
Charlotte was Harris' daughter from a previous marriage, but Brosnan adopted her and her brother Christopher as his own after their father's death in 1986.
Actor Pierce Brosnan is soldiering on with filming commitments for his new thriller November Man, days after losing his daughter to cancer. The Thomas Crown Affair star broke the tragic news to fans on Monday (01Jul13), revealing 42-year-old Charlotte Brosnan had died on Friday (28Jun13) following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer - the same disease which killed her mother, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, in 1991.
Brosnan's new project recently began shooting on location in Belgrade, Serbia and instead of taking time off to grieve his daughter's death, the actor was back on set on Tuesday (02Jul13) to work alongside his co-star, former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.
The Ukrainian beauty revealed the news to fans via her Twitter.com blog as she shared the adventures of her first day on set.
She wrote, "Survived stunt driving and explosions today next to ex mr James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) Tomorrow I'm the one driving! Watch out!!!"
Charlotte was Harris' daughter from a previous marriage, but Brosnan adopted her and her brother Christopher as his own after their father's death in 1986.
Pierce Brosnan's daughter Charlotte passed away at the age of 41 after a strenuous battle with ovarian cancer. After fighting ovarian cancer for three years, Charlotte died on June 28th, Brosnan confirmed to People. Charlotte's mother also suffered from ovarian cancer and died in 1991.
In a statement to People, Brosnan shared, "On June 28 at 2 p.m. my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life having succumbed to ovarian cancer."
Brosnan then goes on to disclose that she was surrounded by her loved ones such as her husband Alex Smith, her children Isabella and Lucas, and her brothers Christopher and Sean during her final days.
"Charlotte fought cancer with grace and humanity, courage and dignity. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our beautiful girl. We pray for her and that the cure for this wretched disease will be at hand soon," Brosnan said. The former James Bond then went on to give thanks for everyone's "heartfelt gratitude."
Our hearts go out to Brosnan and the rest of Charlotte's family as they mourn her passing.
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A number of Pierce Brosnan's former co-stars have reached out to the actor following the death of his daughter. Charlotte Brosnan lost her three-year battle with ovarian cancer on Friday (28Jun13), and the former Bond star released a statement on Monday night (01Jul13) paying tribute to the 42 year old for fighting the disease with "grace and humanity, courage and dignity".
In the hours after his announcement, Brosnan's Remington Steele co-star Stephanie Zimbalist paid her respects, writing in a message on Facebook.com, "Sad news to announce. Please join us in sending love, prayers and sympathy to Pierce Brosnan and his family for the death of his daughter Charlotte."
Olivia Munn, who starred alongside Brosnan in 2011's I Don't Know How She Does It, wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "My deepest condolences to Pierce Brosnan and his family for the loss of his daughter to ovarian cancer."
Actor Robert Davi, a longtime pal of Brosnan's, added, "Just been informed - my friend Pierce Brosnan has lost his daughter to an illness - my prayers and love go out to him and his family."
Charlotte was the daughter of the actor's first wife, Cassandra Harris, who also died of ovarian cancer in 1991. Brosnan adopted Charlotte and her brother Christopher after their father passed away in 1986.
Pierce Brosnan is in mourning after his daughter lost her three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Charlotte Brosnan passed away on Friday (28Jun13), aged 41, from the same disease which killed her mother, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, in 1991.
A statement from Brosnan reads, "On June 28 at 2pm my darling daughter Charlotte Emily passed on to eternal life, having succumbed to ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Alex, her children Isabella and Lucas and her brothers Christopher and Sean.
"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 former Bond star married Harris in 1980, and adopted Charlotte and her brother Christopher after their father's death in 1986. Brosnan and Harris also went on to have a son together, named Sean.
The actor is now married to journalist Keely Shaye Smith, with whom he has two boys, 16-year-old Dylan and Paris, 12.
Pierce Brosnan hasn't stepped into James Bond's shoes for over a decade, but you wouldn't know it when you meet him. The Irish actor — who turns 60 this month, but doesn't seem to age — seems to be carrying on the suave legacy of Bond. Especially when it comes to his affinity and appreciation for women.
Hollywood.com caught up with Brosnan to discuss his latest film Love Is All You Need and when it came to the subject of his co-star, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm (whom Brosnan says has "the Meryl Streep touch" to her craft), he put it simply: "I've been blessed with all the leading ladies I've been with, they've all been rather gorgeous and beautiful and I love women." When it came to the subject of his Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier, he put it simply: "I've worked with some great directors from Barbra Streisand to Susanne Bier to when I did Remington Steele, there were some fine lady directors on that show. I love working with women. I love women. There's just an ease and a grace." Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan.
But, it wasn't just his fondness for working with talented females like Dyrholm and Bier that drew him to a project like Love Is All You Need. The film a glossy but heartfelt romantic drama about a hairdresser named Ida (played by the vivacious Dyrholm who gets naked, literally and metaphorically), a cancer survivor whose husband has been cheating on her, and Philip (Brosnan, in what Bier describes as "one of his most touching performances"), a hard-working businessman and widower. Philip and Ida meet at their respective children's nuptials at a picturesque French villa and the two begin fall in love. "It goes right up there on the shelf with, dare I say, Mamma Mia," Brosnan says of the film, which taps into similar theme of finding yourself — and, of course, love —at any age.
Another one of the film's emotional cores — dealing with a devastating loss — is one that hits especially close for Brosnan. In 1991, Brosnan lost his first wife Cassandra Harris to ovarian cancer. They had one son together, Sean, as well as her children from a previous marriage Charlotte and Christopher. (Brosnan remarried in 2001 to his wife Keely Shaye Smith, with whom he has two sons with, Dylan and Paris). "All of that life pain that I went through — somewhat publicly, somewhat privately — is in the past but I can certainly identify and draw upon it," he says of playing a part like Love Is All You Need's Philip, a man who is still dealing with his pain.
"This character and this movie and this script found me at the right time in my life to be able to sit still and explore my own tragedies, my own pain, my own loss, what it's like to be a single parent," Brosnan continues. "In the hands of Susanne Bier, you surrender to that and allow yourself to go there. It just made sense. Her style of direction is very quiet and specific, strongly so at times. But there's great liberation in there because of the cinematic style that she uses. There were many emblems within the story: fatherhood, being a widower, being a single parent, a man of business, being alone, being middle-aged, dealing with time, time past, time present, time future."
And time, it seems, has since been kind to Brosnan. Not just in terms of his rugged good looks, but finding peace and comfort within himself and his career. "I painted myself into a corner sometimes I feel with the style of performance I'd given or the kind of actor I was trying to create when I came to America with Remington Steele," Brosnan admits. "As you get older there's a loosening of the ties to the ego and the posturing of who you are and how you behave. There's an ease within my own being now and there's a confidence, simple as that really, with performing... there's a great joy in being an older actor now. You have to adapt to your age and your years. It's nothing but humble gratitude of having come down the road so far."
Then again, it's hard not to be humbled with gratitude when you have labor of love projects like the big screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down (in which he stars alongside Aaron Paul, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots, whom he refers to as "The Quartet...we were joined at the hip") and, of course, Love Is All You Need. Love, being the key word.
"It all melded together from day one," Brosnan recalls, adding, "[my cast and director] embraced me with such a warmth and generosity and I, in return, did the same and we just hit the ground running. The experience of filming on a day-to-day basis was nothing but joy. It's criminal how much fun we had. It was a magical summer." Who knew Bond was such a softie?
Love Is All You Need opens in limited release on May 3.
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