Birth Name: Catherine Oxenberg
Born Sept. 22, 1961 in New York City, but raised in London, England, Catherine Oxenberg was the eldest daughter of HRH Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and her first husband, Howard Oxenberg, a Jewish dress manufacturer and friend of the Kennedys. Although she could not personally claim a royal title, Oxenberg's unique lineage made her a descendant of the Serbian Karađorđević dynasty and a distant heir to the British throne. Named for her ancestor Catherine the Great, Oxenberg earned personal acting lessons from screen great Richard Burton, who was engaged to her mother in 1974. She was accepted to Harvard, but deferred for a year to pursue acting and modeling, and eventually enrolled at ...