Date of Birth1970
Birth NameOksana Petrovich Chernuha
Height5' 8" (1.73 m)
Mini BiographyOksana Grigorieva is a Russian-American pianist and composer known for 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.
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 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 to 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 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 for herself as a songwriter, when 'Un Dia Liegara', a tune she made for Josh Groban, appeared on his 2006 album 'Awake' and became a hit.
Living in California, Oksana Grigorieva continued writing songs, she was also giving performances at an upscale Russian restaurant. There, in 2007, she met Mel Gibson, who was then already separated from his wife. Oksana was more a symptom than a cause of Mel Gibson's marriage disintegration. Gibson was apparently so smitten that he invited Oksana to move in his Malibu home in the fall of 2007. Later, he gave Oksana a cameo role in some hospital scenes in 'Edge of Darkness'. In 2008, Mel Gibson's company, Icon Records, employed Oksana Grigorieva as a musician.
Ms. Grigorieva and Mr. Gibson had a relationship that lasted about three years. In the Spring of 2009, Oksana was pregnant with Mel Gibson's child, and the couple made several high profile appearances at various red carpet events. At that time Oksana with her son Alexander moved in a home in Sherman Oaks, bought for her by Mel Gibson's company. She and Mel Gibson became the parents of a girl, Lucia, born on October 30, 2009 in Los Angeles. The baby was born prematurely and required special attention, so Oksana's mother, Ludmila, came from Russia to Los Angeles to help Oksana with the baby.
Continuing her career as a singer-songwriter, Oksana Grigorieva recorded a solo album produced by Mel Gibson, where Mr. Gibson is also a co-author in Oksana's two songs. She also signed a contract with Mr. Gibson's production company, Icon Records, for making four of her songs into musical videos.
During the year 2009 and in the beginning of 2010, Oksana and Mel Gibson had several high profile appearances at various red carpet events in America and Europe, and their relationship looked beautiful. After their baby was born, they were seen happily traveling with the baby in Spain and France, visiting museums, such as the Louvre in Paris, and attending private receptions and opening parties promoting the latest movie starring Mel Gibson.
But something happened between Oksana and Mel in the early 2010. The two suddenly became bitter and hard on each other, revealing their previously hidden irreconcilable differences. They finally split up in April of 2010, and soon the lovely images of their happiness were replaced by their troubled voices from secretly taped phone calls. Eventually, their love game transformed into something else and fell in the hands of their lawyers, doctors and advisers whose crafty professions depend on milking the troubled rich and famous. Now the Russian pianist was at the center of a media storm over her relationship with the Lethal Weapon star. Her life became complicated with a custody battle over their child and a police investigation on the back of taped controversial heated conversations between her and "Mad Max".
Meanwhile, Oksana Grigorieva turned to another ex for support - James Bond star Timothy Dalton, who is the father of her son Alexander. During the year 2010, Mr. Dalton was seen stopping by her Sherman Oaks home, still owned by the Gibson's company. In November 2010, when Oksana's baby daughter, Lucia, had her first birthday celebration, Timothy Dalton came to the party with gifts and flowers. But Mel Gibson did not come to his daughter's party at her mother's place, because he was under a temporary restraining order for domestic violence. Oksana also received professional help from Svetlana Belyaeva, a famous Moscow University therapist.
On November 17, Oksana and her lawyer, Martin Garbus, a well known attorney, had an hour-long interview with CNN star Larry King. Grigorieva spoke candidly about claims she was beaten by the father of her child. She opened up about the allegedly abusive relationship, claiming she feared for her life when her ex reportedly struck her in the face while she was holding their daughter in her arms during a heated argument in January. Although Mel Gibson has admitted in court documents that he "slapped" Oksana in the face with his hand, his lawyers still want Los Angeles court Judge Scott Gordon to grant Gibson custody of Lucia and only allow Grigorieva monitored visits during the day.
As a loving mother of her children, Oksana Grigorieva says that she is looking forward to giving her daughter piano lessons, just like her own mother taught her years ago, when she was a child. She also gives music lessons to her teenage son, Alexander, who is an aspiring guitarist and songwriter.
Oksana Grigorieva supports the Chernobyl Foundation for Children. She donates to charities in Russia and Ukraine. In February of 2010 she co-sponsored a group of medical doctors from America and Europe that visited Ukraine and provided medical help to children with special needs. Her latest music album is dedicated to support children with genetic defects.
Oksana Grigorieva and her two children are residents of Los Angeles county, California.
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TriviaShe is a musician, signed to Mel Gibson's record label, Icon Records.
Has a son, Alexander, with Timothy Dalton. Alexander was born in London on August 7, 1997.
Her mother, Lyudmila Grigorieva-Chenukha, is a retired music teacher from Russia.
She and Mel Gibson became the parents of a girl, Lucia, on October 30, 2009 in Los Angeles.
Her father is Petr Chernukha. Her mother is Lyudmila Grigorieva-Chenukha. Both are Russian citizens living in Russia.
She and Timothy Dalton visited president Clinton in the White House and were photographed with the Clintons on the White House lawn.
Was married and divorced in Russia before emigrating to UK.
Split from Mel Gibson [April 14, 2010].
Has a younger sister, Natalie.