Casper Van Dien And Catherine Oxenberg Head For Divorce: Actor Cites ‘Irreconcilable Differences’
Casper Van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg are heading to a divorce after a 16-year marriage and two children. The Starship Troopers 3: Marauder actor is the one who filed the papers last week, he cited irreconcilable differences.
Casper Van Dien, 46, an actor known for his work on films like The Pact and Noobz, is divorcing his wife of 16 years, Catherine Oxenberg, 54. Van Dien filed the divorce documents citing irreconcilable differences. Van Dien wants joint physical and legal custody of the couple’s two children – Maya Van Dien, 14, and Celeste Alma Van Dien, 11. The Mortal Kombat: Legacy star does not want to pay any spousal support and is not asking for anything either, according to TMZ. Spousal support is not the same as child support.
Oxenberg played Amanda Carrington in the 1980s soap opera, Dynasty. She is the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia and holds dual citizenship, American and Serbian. Yugoslavia as a country was entirely dissolved in 2006, but the royal family was granted a symbolic role in Serbia. The Watch Over Me star met Van Dien in 1999 during the filming of the TV movie, The Collectors. Oxenberg married producer Robert Evans in 1998, but the union was quickly annulled after just ten days. She is also the mother of 24-year-old actress India Oxenberg, her father’s identity has never been revealed.
This divorce will also be the second one for Van Dien, who split from Carrie Mitchum in 1997 after four years. He has two children with Mitchum: Casper “Cappy” Robert Van Dien III and Caroline Dorothy Grace “Gracie” Van Dien.
In 2001, the estranged couple faced some serious infidelity rumors and separated for over two months. Oxenberg reportedly decided to take back her husband, who had confessed to cheating on her while she was pregnant with Maya. A source told the National Enquirer at the time:
“This is the last chance for Casper. He’ll either follow Catherine’s orders and continue going to therapy, or he’s going to find himself in the middle of a bitter divorce. Catherine’s heart was shattered when he confessed to cheating on her. After Maya was born, Casper started calling her house — sometimes a dozen times a day — begging for her forgiveness. But Catherine wouldn’t budge. She was telling friends that Casper didn’t deserve another chance after what he’d done, and that she was going to file for divorce. But Catherine was still very much in love with Casper and wasn’t ready to throw in the towel on their marriage.”
Van Dien and Oxenberg starred in Lifetime’s 2005 reality show I Married a Princess where they chronicled the unique life of their family. Here is what he had to say about the 13-episode series:
“I was actually against it. My wife wanted to do it. I think all women are princesses. If you don’t treat your woman like a princess, you’re failing.”
The Avengers Grimm actor has many projects lined up for the upcoming months including Army Dog, an action movie starring his daughter, Grace Van Dien. Oxenberg can be seen next in the drama 11 Seconds (with her estranged husband), the Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf actress is also preparing for the launch of sexology.com, a website about female sexuality that she co-founded with The Tudors star Gabrielle Anwar.
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