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Catherine Oxenberg and Casper Van Dien
Catherine Oxenberg and Casper Van Dien
The Art of Compassion
25th Anniversary Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Honorary Committee

Catherine Oxenberg

A native New Yorker, Oxenberg grew up in London where her first Shakespearean acting coach was Richard Burton. He was engaged to her mother, HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. She returned to the United States to attend St. Paul’s School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was admitted to Harvard University. She transferred to Columbia University after deciding to pay her own way through college and start modeling. She was photographed for the covers of Vogue, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Los Angeles Magazine, and Interview.

Oxenberg’s acting career took off after landing her first audition as Princess Diana in CBS TV’s Royal Romance of Charles and Diana. The talent agency ICM immediately signed her, and she was soon personally cast by Aaron Spelling in his hit ABC TV series Dynasty. She went on to star in various television miniseries and movies including Still Crazy Like a Fox, Swimsuit, and Trenchcoat in Paradise. She hosted Saturday Night Live with Paul Simon and then took time off to complete a two-year Meisner training course with Joanne Baron. She was subsequently cast in a remake of Roman Holiday and the FOX TV pilot K-9000.

For her feature film debut, she starred opposite Hugh Grant in Ken Russell’s Lair of the White Worm. Next, she starred in two miniseries—Bony and Ring of Scorpio for Paramount and the BBC. After taking time off to have a baby, she resurrected her role as Princess Diana in Charles and Diana: A Palace Divided. Oxenberg then starred in CBS TV’s Treacherous Beauties and the syndicated series Acapulco Heat.

She studied with the Groundling’s Theater. Oxenberg then co-starred with Jon Voight in Dom DeLuise’s Boys Will Be Boys, Arthur’s Quest, Time Served with Jeff Fahey and Louise Fletcher, Sidney Furie’s The Collectors and Catch Me If You Can with Tim Matheson. In 1999, she starred in the highest-grossing independent film of the year, The Omega Code with Michael York. The following year, Oxenberg filmed Sanctimony with Michael Pare and her husband, Casper Van Dien, for Regent Entertainment, followed by The Flying Dutchman with Rod Steiger and Eric Roberts, and Perilous with Bruce Boxleitner. Then she took a break to have two more children and then completed Premonition for the Sci-Fi channel.

In 2002, she won a best actress award for her inspirational performance in the television movie The Miracle of the Cards from the prestigious Movieguide Awards. She also starred in The Vector File with her daughter, India, and her husband, Casper Van Dien.  In 2005, Oxenberg produced and starred with her husband Casper Van Dien in a reality TV series called I Married a Princess, which aired on Lifetime for 13 episodes. In 2006, she and her husband starred in Watch Over Me, a series for FOX.

Catherine and Casper have recently formed Holy Cow Entertainment. Their vision is to produce socially responsible, quality family entertainment. Royal Exile, a film they wrote about Catherine’s grandfather, is set to go into production in October 2009. Casper will direct and she will star as her grandmother, Princess Olga of Greece.

For information about the Honorary Committee, please contact:

Patricia Howard

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