I was born in NYC, on September 22, sometime in the last Century. I grew up in London, sound English – but don’t have a drop of British blood – returned to the USA to go to St. Paul’s School, graduated Summa Cum Laude, was admitted to Harvard University, transferred to Columbia University when I moved to NYC to model. That about sums up chapter 1!
I started acting in 1982, and was cast as Diana, Princess of Wales, in the biographical film The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana, took a brief sabbatical when I moved to Spain after getting engaged to a local, then moved out to LA in 1983 and was offered the role of Amanda Carrington on the 80’s hit TV series Dynasty. Over the following three decades, I continued to act and have children, until the latter trumped the former. I appeared in various films and TV such as Ken Russell’s cult classic Lair of the White Worm, The Omega Code and Miracle of the Cards for which I won a best actress award.
In 2005, I took a departure from acting, and ventured into the unscripted world, when I enrolled my entire blended family in I Married a Princess, the 1st reality series on Lifetime . The title of the show was a humorous poke at my royal heritage – My mother is H.R.H Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia – a country which has receded into the mists of history – now known as Serbia.
I was married to actor Casper Van Dien from 1999 to 2017. Together we co-authored Royal Exile, a script about my grandfather H.R.H Prince Paul of Yugoslavia’s heroic efforts to save Yugoslavia from the Nazis.
I author a blog where I share intimate (probably too!) experiences, personal anecdotes, humorous insights and resources for anyone interested in the eternal quest for peace, joy, fulfillment, wholeness, love and aligning with one’s soul’s purpose.
Since 2013, I have been on a quest to combat sexual illiteracy and to enlighten people of their full orgasmic potential. Sexology.com is the culmination of that search and will offer a full-spectrum approach to sexual education. This project was born of a nagging and pervasive sense that there was something more to life – something that I couldn’t put my finger on – it didn’t seem to matter how successful I was in other areas of my life – somehow, I recognized, deep down, that there was something intrinsically missing. I couldn’t fathom how it was possible that sex still was unchartered territory and the female body remained a mystery. What I discovered transformed me from feeling broken and defective to whole, perfect and complete. This process is something I wanted to share with other women. Sexology.com, BodyofBliss.com and my retreats all offer a provocative and transformative approach to sexual healing and awakening.
I support several charities and am an Ambassador for Childhelp USA – an incredible organization that rescues and rehabilitates abused and neglected children. I have spoken on their behalf at the Senate on several occasions. I support women’s rights around the world and am passionate about improving the conditions of women who live in oppressive cultures. I am also an advocate for the ethical treatment of farm animals.
I live in Malibu CA, and am blessed with five children: India, Grace, Maya, Celeste and Cappy and a menagerie of fluffy pets.
Fun facts: #1. My mother is Prince Charles’s 2nd cousin.
#2. Actor Richard Burton asked my mother to marry him when I was 13. He inspired me to become an actress. Some time after I had moved to LA, I bumped into Elizabeth Taylor (who was married to Richard before and after my mother’s engagement) She had a message for my mother, “there was a time when I wanted to kill you, but I don’t anymore. I send you my love!”
#3. I was named after Catherine the Great of Russia. She is my 7x great-grandmother
#4. I got engaged in The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
#5. Ammachi, a spiritual leader known as the hugging saint, officiated my wedding in 1999
#6. I met my husband on a film called The Collectors in Montreal in 1998
#7. I grew 1/2 inch since I turned 50 🙂
#8. I am #1300 in line for the British throne (even without a speck of British blood!)