Catherine Oxenberg was born in New York City, the eldest daughter of Howard
Oxenberg (a dress manufacturer and close friend of the Kennedy family) and of
his first wife H.R.H. Princess Jelisaveta of Yugoslavia. Her maternal
grandmother was Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark, a legendary beauty and the
sister of Princess Marina, who married the Duke of Kent (uncle of Queen
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom), and also a first cousin of the Duke of
Edinburgh (husband of Queen Elizabeth II). It has been claimed, on basis of
portraiture evidence, that Catherine resembles very closely her grandfather's
great-grandmother, the Finnish beauty and philanthropist lady Aurora Stjernvall.
Known as Kitty to her family, Catherine Oxenberg was educated at St. Paul's School and Harvard.
Catherine Oxenberg dated John Kerry in 1989 after his first marriage ended and before he married Teresa Heinz Kerry. Her first marriage was to the producer Robert Evans, in Beverly Hills, California on July 12, 1998, but the marriage was annulled nine days later. She then married in Las Vegas on May 8, 1999, the actor Casper Van Dien who had divorced the granddaughter of the late actor Robert Mitchum. She now has a primetime tv show, "I Married a Princess" on the Lifetime Television channel in the United States, and as a daytime show on LIVINGtv in the United Kingdom.
Catherine Oxenberg was portrayed by Rachael Taylor in the 2005 television-movie Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, about the behind the scenes goings on during the production of Dynasty
Catherine Oxenberg is the mother of India Riven Oxenberg, (b. 7th June, 1991), whose father has never been publicly identified, and of two children with Van Dien: Maya (b. September 20, 2001) and Celeste Alma (b. October 3, 2003).
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