Catherine Oxenberg

2007 NAPTE Convention-Day One held at the Mandalay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Oxenberg in 2007, photo by PrPhotos

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 22, 1961

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Serbian, Russian, Swedish/Finland-Swedish, European Royal, distant German and Finnish

Catherine Oxenberg is an American actress. She has starred on the series Dynasty and as Princess Diana in two television films.

Catherine’s father, Howard Oxenberg, was born to a Russian Jewish family. Catherine’s mother, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, has Serbian, Russian, Swedish/Finland-Swedish, European Royal, and distant German and Finnish, ancestry.

She has three children, including India Oxenberg, and two with her former husband, actor Casper Van Dien.

Catherine’s paternal grandfather was named Jacob/Jack Oxenberg (the son of Israel Oxenberg and Pearl). Jacob was a Jewish emigrant, from Bălți, Moldova. Israel was the son of Jacob Oxenberg and Chaya Cohen.

Catherine’s paternal grandmother was Daisy Friedman (the daughter of Bernard Friedman/Freedman and Hannah Monthem). Daisy was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents.

Catherine’s maternal grandfather was Paul Karađorđević, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia (the son of Prince Arsen/Arsenije of Yugoslavia, and of Princess and Countess Aurora/Avrora Pavlovna Demidova/Demidoff). Prince Paul was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Prince Arsen was born in Timișoara, Romania, of Serbian descent, the son of Aleksandar Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia, and of Persida Nenadović/Nenadovich. Catherine’s great-grandmother Princess and Countess Aurora was born in Kiev, of Russian, and some Swedish/Finland-Swedish, German, and Finnish, ancestry, and was the daughter of Pavel Pavlovich Demidov, 2nd Prince of San Donato, and of Princess Elena Petrovna Troubetzkaya.

Catherine’s maternal grandmother was Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark (the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, and of Grand Duchess Elena/Helena Vladimirovna Romanova of Russia). Princess Olga was born at the Tatoi Palace, in Greece, of European Royal ancestry. Prince Nicholas was born in Athens, Greece, the son of George I of Greece, who was born in Athens, and of Olga Constantinovna of Russia, who was born in Pavlovsk, Russian Empire. Grand Duchess Elena was born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia, the daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, and of Duchess Marie/Marya Pavlovna of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Catherine is a third cousin, once removed, of actor Sebastian Arcelus. Catherine’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Aleksandar Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia, and Persida Nenadović/Nenadovich, were also Sebastian’s maternal great-great-great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogy of Catherine Oxenberg –

Catherine’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

3 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    >a Jewish immigrant from Bălți, Moldova. Israel was the son of Jacob Oxenberg and Chaya Cohen.

  2. madman says:

    Most of her Finnish-born ancestors were ethnic Swedes (I think her mother’s ethnic Finnish ancestry is 1/128 at most). She also has German ancestry. As far as I can tell, her great-grandmother’s ancestry was three quarters Russian and one quarter a mix of Swedish, German, and Finnish.

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