Start topping by mashing enough strawberries to make 1 cup. Cut top off rest of strawberries, cut in half and set aside. Place mashed berries in a saucepan and add water. Mix sugar and cornstarch into crushed berry mixture and bring to a boil, stirring. Boil about 1 minute or until clear and thickened. Set aside to cool.
For the filling, whip cream until stiff. In another bowl, beat cream cheese with vanilla and confectioners sugar. Carefully fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Spread into cooled crust and refrigerate. When crushed berry mixture is cool, pie can be assembled.
Arrange halved strawberries on top of cream filling, cut side down. When entire filling is covered with berries, carefully spoon cooled crushed berry mixture over all. Cream filling should not be seen between whole berries. Once the crevices have been filled, do not overload the pie with the crushed berry mixture, as it will just drip over the sides.