Pierce Brosnan has paid a moving tribute to his long-term producer friend Beau St. Clair, who passed away at the weekend after a battle with ovarian cancer. The actor had known Beau for more than 30 years, and was with the 63-year-old just a few hours before she died at her home in Malibu.
In a moving statement, Pierce described Beau as "the sister I never had". "My dearest friend Beau Marie St Clair passed away on Saturday, Jan 9th from ovarian cancer. She fought this insidious disease valiantly for ten long years," he said.
Pierce Brosnan is mourning the death of his 'dearest friend' Beau St Clair
"Beau was the sister I never had, my dearest friend for 30 years, and my producing partner at Irish Dreamtime, a company we formed twenty years ago. In that time we produced 10 films including The Thomas Crown Affair, The Matador, Evelyn, The November Man, and this past summer a thriller called IT.
"Beau Marie was a beautiful woman in every way," he continued. "She had style, grace, humour, intellect and a kind of heart that I will miss forever.
"To be able to live the life of an actor, to make movies that touch people's hearts is one of the greatest gifts any man or woman could wish for. I feel privileged to have worked alongside and collaborated with Beau Marie. Making films together was our dream come true.
"Beau Marie will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her."
The 63-year-old passed away after a ten-year battle with ovarian cancer
Pierce also paid tribute to his dear friend on Instagram, posting a photograph of the pair of them together with the message: "Farewell my Darling Beau Marie…
"We made memories in the movies we made, and a deep friendship in the life we shared… into the Dreamtime you go now… love and always love."
Pierce lost his first wife Cassandra Harris to ovarian cancer in 1991 when she was 41. Then in 2013, his 42-year-old adopted daughter Charlotte died from the same disease that killed her mother.
In September, Pierce bravely opened up about his heartbreak as he took centre stage at the Stand Up To Cancer telecast.
"To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away bit by bit by this insidious disease, that part of your sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche," he said. "I held the generous, strong beautiful hand of my first wife Cassie as ovarian cancer took her life too soon.
"Just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte, before she too died from this wretched inherited disease."