The oldest daughter of “Dynasty” star Catherine Oxenberg and Starship Troopers actor Casper Van Dien, India Oxenberg is widely recognized while co-starring alongside her parents and step-siblings on 2005 Lifetime TV's reality show "I Married a Princess." The aspiring actress is now learning as much as she can about the showbiz, both behind and in front of the lenses.
The Oldest of Oxenberg/Van Dien
Childhood and Family:
In Los Angeles, California, India Riven Oxenberg was born on June 7, 1991. Her mother is British actress Catherine Oxenberg, who is famous as Amanda Carrington on ABC’s long-running soap opera “Dynasty” and as a socialite of royal ancestry, but his father has never been publicly identified. India is the step-daughter of actor Casper Van Dien who married her mother on May 8, 1999. He is popular as Johnnie Rico in the 1997 film Starship Troopers and as bodyguard Andre in My Network TV's “Watch Over Me.” From their marriage, India has two half sisters: Maya (born September 20, 2001) and Celeste Alma (born October 3, 2003). She also has two step-siblings from Van Dien's previous marriage with Carrie Mitchum (the granddaughter of Robert Mitchum): Cappy (Casper Robert Mitchum Van Dien) and Gracie (Grace Van Dien).
India’s maternal grandfather is Howard Oxenberg, a dress manufacturer and close friend of the Kennedy family, and her grandmother is Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia. Her great-grandmother is Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark, a legendary beauty and 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). Her paternal grandparents are Rev. Diane Van Dien and Commander Van Dien. Her aunts are Sudi Van Dien and Kristin Van Dien Arikian.
I Married a Princess
Growing up on movie and television sets that her mother and step-father worked on, India Oxenberg, at age 9 years old, started out as a stand-in in the fact-based TV movieThe Miracle of the Cards (2001), which stars her mother. The next year, she starred in her first film, a geo-political thriller TV-movie called Vector File, playing the daughter of her parents’ lead characters. Meanwhile, behind the camera, India published poet "The Man" in "A Celebration of Young Poets" California - Spring 2002 when she was 10 years old.
In 2005, India co-starred with her parents and step-siblings on the Lifetime TV's reality show "I Married a Princess." She also appeared in the video games version of the Starship Troopers and became a kitten wrangler in the horror/adventure TV-movie The Fallen Ones (2005), which stars her father. The aspiring actress is currently learning as much as possible about the showbiz, both behind and in front of the camera.