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Oksana Grigorieva is a Russian-American pianist and composer known for her high profile relationships with celebrities, such as Timothy Dalton and Mel Gibson, among others.
She was born Oksana Petrovna Chernukha in the Soviet Union. Her grandparents were WWII veterans, decorated for their courage in the war against the Nazis. Her father, Petr Chernukha, and mother, Ludmila Grigorieva-Chernukha, were music professors, both are now retired and are living in a suburb of Moscow, Russia. Her sister, Natalie, twelve years younger, is living in Russia with her parents.
Young Oksana was fond of music and movies. She began piano lessons at the age of three under the tutelage of her mother. At the age of six, Oksana composed her first piano piece while watching movies on TV. As a teenager, she was obsessed with movies by Andrei Tarkovsky, and fashioned herself as a film composer. She was also fascinated by Western culture. Watching Timothy Dalton on Russian TV, both Oksana and her mother were charmed by the actor, as was the majority of the female population in Russia. At that time, Oksana was sharing a two-room flat with her parents in a public apartment building on Lenin Street in Saransk, and hard life in a small Soviet town became too dull for her. But her journey from Russian poverty to Hollywood royalty was a long and winding road.
During the 1980s, she studied piano at a local school of music, then continued her piano studies at the Kazan conservatory in Russia, albeit she did not graduate from the conservatory, abruptly ending her studies there after three years. Oksana was a straight-A student, keen to hone her English and prepare herself for better life in the affluent West. But it was her personal life in Russia that caused the most troubles to her and her parents, because, by the age of 18, she became so attractive and desired by many, so that men of all ages could not resist from stalking her and some young men were even caught while breaking into her bedroom window to get her. Seeking protection, she married a fellow student, who shared her desires to live in the West, but the marriage did not work and was dissolved soon. While the Soviet Union was falling apart and the situation became increasingly hard for all people, she began looking for a better place in the world. Her parents did not blame her for having a dream about a better life beyond the poverty and grim of their small town, so they scrambled all their savings and paid for her visa and a flight to London, thus unlocking the path to her dream.
At the age of 20, Oksana left the Soviet Union for England. For several months, she did a string of lowly jobs cleaning and care-giving for the elderly in Kent, and also gave free piano performances at various churches. In 1992, she married Nicholas Rowland, a British artist who was 19 years older, albeit the marriage was dissolved soon, it still allowed her to stay in the UK. During her first years in England, Oksana studied piano at the Royal College of Music in London. At that time, she supported herself working as a piano teacher for children, and also was a part-time waitress at a London restaurant near Buckingham Palace. There, she was spotted by the royal photographer, Patrick Lichfield. Soon her photos were in various fashion magazines. On her modeling gig for the 1993 royal calendar, Oksana was wearing, among other things, her Magesty's coat and one of the special dresses originally designed for Princess Diana.
In 1995, while interpreting for the Russian director, Nikita Mikhalkov, at the London Film festival, Oksana met Timothy Dalton. Soon Mr. Dalton, then in his 50s, and an attractive film star widely-known as "James Bond", invited Oksana to live together at his homes in Chiswick, London and in West Hollywood. The two also traveled together in the Caribbean. Oksana's first child, son Alexander, with Timothy Dalton, was born in London on August 7, 1997. At that time, the ex-James Bond who is also a good friend of President Bill Clinton, took Oksana to the White House and, soon, she sent her parents a photo showing her and Dalton together with the Clintons, standing on the White House lawn. That was the time when the Clintons were dealing with their own situation, so Mr. Dalton came to show the Clintons his support and brought Oksana along.
At first, the news about Oksana's relationship with the "James Bond" star caused much trouble for her parents in Russia, because they were surrounded by people living in dire poverty, so their flat was burglarized three times and their shop was burned down. Dalton's heart moved, and he sent Oksana's parents a check, so they left the troubled town and visited Oksana with Dalton and their son in Hollywood. The parents approved of their daughter's civil union with the British actor. A few years later, their union ended, and Oksana, with her son, settled in Los Angeles, California. There, she made a name
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Oksana Petrovna Grigorieva (Russian: Оксана Григорьева; born 23 February 1970) is a Russian singer-songwriter and pianist. She was born in Saransk, Mordovia, USSR, and raised in Ukraine and Russia. She studied music in Moscow and completed conservatoire studies in Kazan, before moving to London. After studying music at the Royal Academy of Music, she moved to the United States, with periods spent living in New York and Los Angeles, California. She taught music in the U.S., and patented a technique of teaching musical notation to children.
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Oksana Petrovna Chernuha
Petr Chernukha (music professor)
Ludmila Grigorieva-Chernukha (music professor)
Alexander (son) (with Timothy Dalton), Lucia (daughter) (with Mel Gibson)
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Pop, classical, traditional pop