Catherine Oxenberg as Amanda Carrington
September 22, 1961 |
New York City, New York, USA
(m. 1998; annulled)
Casper Van Dien (m. 1999)
|Children||India Riven Oxenberg
Maya van Dien
Celeste Alma van Dien
Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia
Catherine Oxenberg (Serbian: Катарина Оксенберг, born September 22, 1961) is an American actress best known for her performance as Amanda Carrington on the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty. The daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Oxenberg, though not noble or royal herself, is a descendant of the Serbian House of Karađorđević. She has dual citizenship, American and Serbian.
Though born in New York City, Oxenberg 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 Jewish dress manufacturer and close friend of the Kennedy family. 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. Elizabeth is a first cousin of the current Duke of Kent and also a second cousin once removed of Queen Sofía of Spain and Charles, Prince of Wales, making Catherine a third cousin of Felipe VI of Spain and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Catherine is also a great-great-great-granddaughter of Karađorđe, who started the First Serbian Uprising against the Turks in 1804.
Catherine Oxenberg's 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 Empress Maria Fyodorovna. Princess Olga was 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) through their respective fathers Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, who were brothers.
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, the second daughter of Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) and Alexis Colby (Joan Collins). Following a salary dispute after the end of her second season on the show, she was fired from Dynasty in 1986 and the role was recast with American actress Karen Cellini.
Oxenberg was the guest host on the NBC late-night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live on May 10, 1986 (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..
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.
Conan O'Brien mentioned in a 2000 commencement speech that Oxenberg is listed directly ahead of him in the Class of 1985 Harvard freshman Facebook. A contemporary Harvard Crimson piece, however, indicates that she was at least initially in the Class of 1983, dubbing her "queen of the Facebook".
Oxenberg met actor Casper Van Dien during the filming of the 1999 TV movie The Collectors, and they worked together again in the 1999 Evangelical Christian thriller The Omega Code. On May 8, 1999 they married in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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. During the 2006-2007 TV season, Oxenberg and Van Dien co-starred in the American drama series Watch Over Me on MyNetworkTV.
Oxenberg is the mother of India Riven Oxenberg (born June 7, 1991), whose father has never been publicly identified, and of two daughters with Van Dien: Maya (born September 20, 2001) and Celeste Alma (born October 3, 2003). Van Dien has two children from his previous marriage, of whom he has full custody (Casper "Cappy" Robert Mitchum Van Dien and Caroline "Gracie" Dorothy Grace Van Dien).
Oxenberg is 1375th in the line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms.
|1988||Lair of the White Worm, TheThe Lair of the White Worm||Eve Trent|
|1999||Omega Code, TheThe Omega Code||Cassandra Barashe|
|2008||Starship Troopers 3: Marauder||Tech 2 (uncredited)|
|1982||Royal Romance of Charles and Diana, TheThe Royal Romance of Charles and Diana||Lady Diana Spencer||TV movie|
|1984||Cover Up||Michelle Lloyd||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1984||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Monika Blackbird||2 episodes|
|1984–1986||Dynasty||Amanda Bedford Carrington||53 episodes|
|1986||Love Boat, TheThe 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||Nanny, TheThe Nanny||Sydney Mercer||Episode: "Oy Vey, You're Gay"|
|1998||Catch Me If You Can||Sgt. 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||Collectors, TheThe 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, TheThe Flying Dutchman||Lacy Anderson||TV movie|
|2001||Miracle of the Cards, TheThe Miracle of the Cards||Marion Shergold||TV movie|
|2002||Vector File, TheThe 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||Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation, TheThe Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation||Dottie McGovern||TV movie|
|2015||Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf||Dr. Reinhardt||TV movie|
|Ancestors of Catherine Oxenberg|
- Catherine Oxenberg - Genealogics.com
- Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia - Genealogics.com
- 1984-1985 Ratings - ClassicTVhits.com Dynasty was the #1 American series during the 1984-1985 season.
- Eder, Shirley (Aug 19, 1986). "'Dynasty' To Do Without Its Princess". Chicago Tribune (Chicago, USA: Knight-Ridder). Retrieved 4 August 2014.
- YouTube - Conan O'Brien's Speech to the Harvard Class of 2000.(Pt 1 of 2) Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Paul Barrett (1982-09-13). "Pictures of Catherine". Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- Archerd, Army. "Evans and Oxenberg saying 'I do.'" Variety, July 1998. Retrieved September 9, 2008.
- Archerd, Army. "Evans and Oxenberg untie knot." Variety, July 1998. Retrieved September 9, 2008.
- Celebrity Ambassadors - ChildHelp.org Retrieved August 6, 2008.
- Catherine Oxenberg at the Internet Movie Database
- Catherine Oxenberg's Watch Over Me profile - MyNetworkTV.com
Prince Dushan of Yugoslavia
|Line of succession to the British throne||Succeeded by
Maya Van Dien