Wife of Pierce Brosnan
Keely Shaye Smith is an American journalist, television host/correspondent, writer and environmental spokesperson. She also collected some acting credits in the late 1980s.
Smith is married to actor Pierce Brosnan. The couple have worked together in a number of environmental issues related to animals. From 1995 to 2000, they supported the Natural Resources Defense Council and International Fund for Animal Welfare to stop a planned salt factory from being built at Laguna San Ignacio. They also support long time friend Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots youth and humanitarian program and have been loyal activists for marine mammal protection. In 2001, the Brosnans were honored with the Humanitarian Award from the Women in Film Crystal Awards.
Smith and Brosnan have two children together.
Childhood and Family:
Keely Shaye Smith was born on September 25, 1963, in Vallejo, California. She met Pierce Brosnan on a beach in Mexico on April 8, 1994 and they were married at Ballintubber Abbey, County Mayo, Ireland on August 4, 2001. The couple have two children, Dylan Thomas (born on January 13, 1997) and Paris Beckett (born on February 27, 2001). She is the stepmother of actor Sean Brosnan (born 1983), from Brosnan's first marriage to Aussie actress Cassandra Harris (from 1980 until her death in 1991), and Brosnan's adopted children, Charlotte Brosnan and Christopher Brosnan.
Keely Shaye Smith began her acting career in the late 1980s. She made her television movie debut in “Norman's Corner” (1987), opposite Gilbert Gottfried, Marvin Braverman and Margaret Smith. In the following year, she landed the starring role of Anne in the Italian film “The Opponent,” by director Sergio Martino. Co-stars in the film included Daniel Greene, Giuliano Gemma and Ernest Borgnine. Also in 1988, Smith appeared with Rodney Dangerfield, Lenny Clarke and Andrew Dice Clay in the made for television film “Nothin' Goes Righ.” She had her last acting job in 1989 in the television soap “General Hospital,” where she played Valerie Freeman for one season.
Smith left acting to pursue a career as a journalist. She as an environmental correspondent for ABC's “The Home Show” for six years and received several honors for her work, including two Genesis Awards, a Special Achievement Award at the 1991 Environmental Film Festival, and a nomination from the Environmental Media Association (EMA). From 1995 to 1997, Smith became a co-host on the NBC primetime hit show “Unsolved Mysteries.” She was a gardening expert and correspondent for ABC's “Good Morning America” and “Mike and Maty” and an entertainment correspondent for NBC's “Today Show,” CBS's “Entertainment Tonight” and HBO's “World Entertainment Report.” She also hosted a series for the Outdoor Life Network called “Great Bears” and created and hosted a television show for PBS named “ Home Green Home.”
Women in Film Crystal: Humanitarian Award, 2001