|Born||September 22, 1961|
New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater|| Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle |
St. Paul's School
Columbia University (dropped out)
|Known for|| Dynasty |
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana
Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After
|Children||3, including India Oxenberg|
|Relatives||Christina Oxenberg (sister)|
Catherine Oxenberg (born September 22, 1961) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Amanda Carrington on the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty . Oxenberg is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and Howard Oxenberg. She twice played Diana, Princess of Wales on screen, in The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (1982) and Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (1992) and has appeared in many other films.
Oxenberg was born in New York City, but grew up in London. She is the eldest daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (born 1936) and her first husband Howard Oxenberg (1919–2010), a Jewishdress manufacturer and close friend of the Kennedy family. Her sister is Christina Oxenberg. Princess Elizabeth is the only daughter of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia (who served as regent for his cousin's eldest son King Peter II of Yugoslavia) and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark.
Through her maternal grandmother, Catherine is a first cousin once removed of: Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Prince Michael of Kent. Oxenberg is also a second cousin once removed of Queen Sofía of Spain and Charles III of the United Kingdom, making Catherine a third cousin of Felipe VI of Spain and Prince William, Prince of Wales.
Princess Olga was the sister of Princess Marina, who married Prince George, Duke of Kent (an uncle of Queen Elizabeth II). Olga and Marina were also paternal first cousins of the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. They were also related to brothers Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark.
Oxenberg was educated at the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle in Kensington, London, St. Paul's School, and Columbia University, though she did not finish college.
Oxenberg made her acting debut in the 1982 made-for-television film The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana , in which she played Diana, Princess of Wales. In 1984, Oxenberg joined the hit ABC prime time soap opera Dynasty — then at its height of popularity— in the role of Amanda Carrington. Oxenberg left Dynasty in 1986, following a salary dispute after the end of her second season, and the role was recast with Karen Cellini. Though Oxenberg's publicist insisted that the actress left Dynasty voluntarily, several media outlets reported that she was fired.
Oxenberg was the guest host on the May 10, 1986, episode of Saturday Night Live , making her the only descendant of a royal family to host the show. Oxenberg starred as Princess Elysa in the 1987 television film Roman Holiday . She also appeared in The Lair of the White Worm in 1988, and reprised the role of Diana, Princess of Wales in the TV film Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After in 1992. From 1993 to 1994, she starred in the short-lived series Acapulco H.E.A.T. .[ citation needed ]
Oxenberg was portrayed by Rachael Taylor in the 2005 telemovie Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure , a fictionalized retelling of the behind-the-scenes goings-on during the production of Dynasty. In 2006, Oxenberg appeared in the TV special, Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar, in which she was reunited with her former Dynasty castmates to reminisce about the series.
In 2019, Catherine Oxenberg produced and narrated Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter where Andrea Roth portrayed her.
In the Class of 1985 Harvard freshman face book, Oxenberg is listed directly ahead of Conan O'Brien.A contemporary Harvard Crimson piece indicates that she was at least initially in the Class of 1983, dubbing her "queen of the facebook".
In June 1991, Oxenberg had a daughter, India Riven Oxenberg, whose father was later revealed to be the convicted drug smuggler William Weitz Shaffer.Shaffer and India were in contact during her childhood, even while he was in prison. In December 1992, Oxenberg was living with her daughter in Coldwater Canyon, Los Angeles, California.
Oxenberg's first marriage was to the producer Robert Evans, in Beverly Hills, California, on July 12, 1998, but the marriage was annulled nine days later.
Oxenberg met the actor Casper Van Dien during the filming of the 1999 TV movie The Collectors, and they worked together again the same year in the Evangelical Christian thriller The Omega Code . On May 8, 1999, they were married at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Van Dien had a son and a daughter from a previous marriage, Casper Robert Mitchum Van Dien and Caroline Grace Van Dien. Van Dien and Oxenberg have two daughters, Amanda Maya Van Dien (2001) and Celeste Alma Van Dien (2003). In 2005, the couple appeared in their own reality series, I Married a Princess , which aired on the Lifetime Television channel in the United States and on LIVINGtv in the United Kingdom. Van Dien filed for divorce from Oxenberg in 2015.
While Oxenberg and Van Dien were married, and before India joined NXIVM, Oxenberg and Van Dien were celebrity ambassadors for the non-profit organization Childhelp.
Oxenberg acknowledged, in November 2017, that she had had interactions with Keith Raniere and his NXIVM organization, bringing her daughter India into NXIVM in 2011 for what she thought would be "a self-help, business-oriented program".Oxenberg confirmed that her daughter became heavily involved in the cult, and that she had initiated what proved to be a failed intervention for India. In August 2018, Oxenberg revealed that India had left NXIVM in June, after the arrest of Raniere, and they were working on their relationship. In August 2018, Oxenberg's book Captive: A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult co-written by former People Magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff was published.
In 2020, Oxenberg was featured in The Vow , a documentary series for HBO, directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, which follows Oxenberg’s attempts to rescue her daughter India.Oxenberg also appears in Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult a documentary series for Starz, directed by Cecilia Peck and Inbal B. Lessner, which features India speaking out about her experiences for the first time.
|1988||The Lair of the White Worm||Eve Trent|
|1999||The Omega Code||Cassandra Barashe|
|2008||Starship Troopers 3: Marauder||Tech 2||Uncredited|
|2014||Sleeping Beauty||Queen Violet|
|2020||Acquitted by Faith||Beth Stills|
|1982||The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana||Lady Diana Spencer||TV movie|
|1984||Cover Up||Michelle Lloyd||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1984||The Love Boat||Monika Blackbird||2 episodes|
|1984–1986||Dynasty||Amanda Carrington||54 episodes|
|1986||The Love Boat||Carrie Barton||2 episodes|
|1987||Still Crazy Like a Fox||Nancy||TV movie|
|1987||Roman Holiday||Princess Elysa||TV movie|
|1989||Swimsuit||Jade Greene||TV movie|
|1989||Trenchcoat in Paradise||Lisa Duncan||TV movie|
|1990||Bony||Angela Hemmings||TV movie|
|1991||Ring of Scorpio||Fiona Matthews McDonald||TV movie|
|1991||K-9000||Aja Turner||TV movie|
|1992||Sexual Response||Kate||TV movie|
|1992||Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After||Princess Diana||TV movie|
|1993–1994||Acapulco H.E.A.T.||Ashley Hunter-Coddington||22 episodes|
|1994||Treacherous Beauties||Simone Hollister||TV movie|
|1995||The Nanny||Sydney Mercer||Episode: "Oy Vey, You're Gay"|
|1998||Catch Me If You Can||Tina Walcott||TV movie|
|1999||Boys Will Be Boys||Patsy Parker||TV movie|
|1999||Arthur's Quest||Morgana||TV movie|
|1999||Time Served||Sarah McKinney||TV movie|
|1999||The Collectors||Det Bailey||TV movie|
|1999||Thrill Seekers||Thrill Seekers Spokesperson||TV movie|
|2000||Road Rage||Forest Service Woman||TV movie|
|2000||Baywatch||Erika||Episode: "Bad Boyz"|
|2001||Flying Dutchman||Lacy Anderson||TV movie|
|2001||The Miracle of the Cards||Marion Shergold||TV movie|
|2002||The Vector File||Margaret||TV movie|
|2005||Starship Troopers||Female pilot (voice)||Video game|
|2005||Premonition||Kate Barnes||TV movie|
|2005||Out of Practice||Claudia Penchant||Episode: "Brothers Grim"|
|2006–2007||Watch Over Me||Leandra Thames||64 episodes|
|2010||The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation||Dottie McGovern||TV movie|
|2015||Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf||Reinhardt||TV movie|
|2019||Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter||Herself/Narrator||TV film; Also executive producer|
|2019||E! True Hollywood Story||Herself||Episode: "NXIVM: Self Help or Sex Cult?"|
|2020||The Vow||Herself||7 episodes|
|2020||Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult||Herself||4 episodes|
For playing Amanda Carrington, Oxenberg won two Soap Opera Digest Awards in 1985, for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Female Newcomer.
Through her maternal grandfather, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia of the House of Karađorđević, Catherine Oxenberg is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Karađorđe, who started the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1804. Her maternal grandmother, Princess Olga, was the daughter of Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia and Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, himself the son of another Romanov grand duchess, Queen Olga Konstantinovna of the Hellenes and her Danish-born husband King George of Greece, brother of Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and the Empress Maria Fyodorovna.
|Ancestors of Catherine Oxenberg|
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia is a member of the royal House of Karađorđević, a human rights activist and a former presidential candidate for Serbia. Yugoslavia abolished its monarchy in 1945 and decades later broke up into several countries.
Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark was a Greek princess who married Prince Paul, Regent of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. After her marriage, she was known as Princess Paul of Yugoslavia.
Allison Christin Mack is an American actress. She played Chloe Sullivan on the superhero series Smallville (2001–2011) and had a recurring role on the comedy series Wilfred (2012–2014).
Amanda Carrington is a fictional character from the ABC prime time soap opera Dynasty, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro. She was portrayed by Catherine Oxenberg for two seasons from 1984 to 1986, and then by Karen Cellini for 13 episodes from 1986 to 1987. Eliza Bennett plays Amanda in the CW reboot series Dynasty from 2021 to 2022.
Casper Robert Van Dien Jr. is an American actor. He is best known for his lead role as Johnny Rico in the 1997 science-fiction action film Starship Troopers. He has also appeared in a large number of television and film roles, often in daytime and primetime soap operas, and a large number of TV movies and direct-to-video films, including Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, a 2008 sequel to the original film.
I Married a Princess is a 2005 reality show on the Lifetime TV network that starred Catherine Oxenberg and her husband Casper Van Dien. The show's slogan is "under the tiara and behind the shades - a real life look at a fairy-tale family." The show's core conceit is technically false: although Oxenberg is descended from Serbian royalty and she is technically in the line of succession to several extant titles, she holds no royal or noble rank herself and is not considered a princess by any government.
Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, of the Glücksburg branch of the House of Oldenburg, was the fourth child and third son of King George I of Greece, and of Queen Olga. He was known as "Greek Nicky" within the family to distinguish him from his cousin Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. Prince Nicholas was a talented painter, often signing his works as "Nicolas Leprince."
Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma is the eldest daughter of Umberto II of Italy and Marie-José of Belgium. She is the older sister of Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, and Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy.
Cecilia Peck is an American film producer, director and actress. She is the only daughter of actor Gregory Peck and his second wife Veronique Passani.
NXIVM is the name commonly used to describe the personality cult of imprisoned racketeer and sex offender Keith Raniere. NXIVM is also the trademarked name of the defunct corporation that Raniere founded, which provided seminars and videos in the field of human potential development. The United States seized ownership of NXIVM related entities and their intellectual property through asset forfeiture following Raniere's conviction.
Keith Allen Raniere is an American criminal convicted for a pattern of racketeering activity including human trafficking, sex offenses, and fraud. He co-founded NXIVM, a purported-self-help multi-level marketing company offering personal development seminars and headquartered in Albany, New York. Operating from 1998 to 2018, at its height, NXIVM had 700 members, including celebrities and the wealthy. In NXIVM, Raniere was referred to by members as "Vanguard".
Grace Van Dien is an American actress and Twitch streamer. She is known for playing Brooke Osmond in the Netflix teen drama series Greenhouse Academy (2017) and Katie Campbell in NBC drama series The Village (2019). She also portrayed Sharon Tate in the Mary Harron-directed film Charlie Says (2018).
Christina Oxenberg is a Serbian-American writer, humorist, and fashion designer. She has written seven books, and her writing has been featured in magazines and publications like Allure, The Sunday Times, Huffington Post, and others. Her two knitwear clothing lines, Christina Oxenberg and Ox, have appeared in Barneys, Bloomingdale's, and luxury boutiques throughout the world. Oxenberg is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and is a descendant of the Serbian House of Karađorđević.
India Riven Oxenberg is an American actress and documentary film producer. A granddaughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, she is a relative of the House of Karađorđević, the former royal family of Serbia and, later, Yugoslavia. Oxenberg began her career as a child actress, with small roles in film and television projects that her mother, Catherine Oxenberg, and then-stepfather, Casper Van Dien, were involved in. As a teenager, she was a cast member of the reality television series I Married a Princess.
Escaping the NXIVM Cult: A Mother's Fight to Save Her Daughter is a 2019 A&E television movie that aired on September 21, 2019, as part of its "Ripped from the Headlines" feature film. The film is narrated by Catherine Oxenberg, who also serves as an executive producer, and stars Andrea Roth, Jasper Polish, Sara Fletcher, Kristin Booth, Janet-Laine Green, and Peter Facinelli.
The seventh season of Dynasty originally aired in the United States on ABC from September 24, 1986 through May 5, 1987. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, revolves around the Carringtons, a wealthy family residing in Denver, Colorado.
The Vow is an American true crime documentary series directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer that revolves around the cult NXIVM and its leader Keith Raniere. The NXIVM documentary series premiered on August 23, 2020 on HBO.
Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After is a dramatic television movie of 1992 telling the real-life story of the failed marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult is an American true crime documentary miniseries revolving around the cult NXIVM and its leader Keith Raniere, with a focus on the perspective of India Oxenberg, who was an executive producer on the series. It consists of four episodes and premiered on October 18, 2020, on Starz.
Frank Parlato Jr. is an American publisher. He publishes the Frank Report, Artvoice and the Niagara Falls Reporter. Parlato is widely credited for bringing attention to the NXIVM cult when he published the article "Branded Slaves and Master Raniere" on June 5, 2017.
Christina Oxenberg: Dad's jewish, so I've always considered my sister Catherine and I to be authentic Jewish princesses.
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