Beau St. Clair, who with actor Pierce Brosnan founded Irish DreamTime, the production company behind such films as Laws of Attraction, The November Man and The Matador, has died. She was 63.
St. Clair died Saturday evening at her home in Malibu after a long battle with ovarian cancer, publicist Jennifer Allen said. Brosnan was with her just hours before her passing, Allen noted.
In a statement, Brosnan said St. Clair was “the sister I never had, my dearest friend for 30 years.”
“Beau was a beautiful woman in every way,” he said. “She had style, grace, humor, intellect and a kind heart that I will forever miss.
“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.”
St. Clair and Brosnan launched the Los Angeles-based Irish DreamTime in 1996, and the company also did the remakes of The Thomas Crown Affair, which starred Brosnan and Rene Russo in the update, and Rollerball. Both films were directed by John McTiernan.
In addition to Thomas Crown (1999), Matador (2005) and November Man (2014), the Irish-born Brosnan also was in front of the camera for the Irish DreamTime features The Nephew (1998), The Match (1999), Evelyn (2002), Shattered (2007), The Greatest (2009), Some Kind of Beautiful (2014) and I.T., a yet-to-be-released cyber-thriller.
St. Clair and Brosnan formed the company, with backing from MGM, in the wake of Brosnan’s first turn as James Bond in 1995.
“When GoldenEye … had the success that it had, we said, ‘Let’s make movies. Let’s step forth and create our own projects.’ It’s as simple as that, really,” Brosnan said in a 2014 interview.
Said St. Clair in a 2003 interview: “We complement each other pretty well. I’m more the day-to-day person: reading scripts, moving things along. Pierce comes along and unites the whole process when we finally knuckle down to picking one thing. There’s a lot of balls in the air, and when we select one, we team up pretty aggressively to make it happen.”
Earlier, St. Clair was an assistant to Oscar-winning producer Jerome Hellman and worked on such films as The Mosquito Coast (1986), Hideaway (1995), Race the Sun (1996) and The Edge (1997). She also served as a production supervisor on the Broadway musicals Threepenny Opera and Shogun.
St. Clair’s husband was Lloyd Phillips, a producer (Twelve Monkeys, Inglourious Basterds, Man of Steel) who died of a heart attack in January 2013 at age 63. In 1981, he became New Zealand’s first Oscar winner when he was honored for his live-action short film The Dollar Bottom.
Survivors include two brothers and her mother.
Updated 10 a.m. on Jan. 11 to add St. Clair’s age; updated on 12:20 p.m. to add Brosnan’s statement.