|A.K.A.||Julie E. Kitaen|
|Was||Model Actor Television actor Film actor Voice actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||5 August 1961, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA|
|Death||7 May 2021, Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA (aged 59 years)|
Julie E. "Tawny" Kitaen (August 5, 1961 – May 7, 2021) was an American actress, comedian, and media personality.
Kitaen was born Julie Kitaen in San Diego, California, in 1961, the daughter of Linda Kitaen (née Taylor), a housewife and one-time beauty pageant participant, and Terry Kitaen, an employee of a neon sign company. She was of Jewish heritage. Kitaen began using the nickname "Tawny" at the age of 12 on her own initiative. She went to her first rock concert at age 14 where she saw Peter Frampton at Balboa Stadium. There she and her girlfriends were given backstage passes, and upon seeing the All-Access VIP treatment afforded to Frampton's girlfriend Penny, she aspired to this for herself.
Kitaen, who was dating Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby at the time, appeared as the album cover model on the band's debut EP Ratt (1983) and their debut studio album Out of the Cellar (1984).
Kitaen began her acting career in 1983 with a minor role in the television movie Malibu. In 1984, she starred as the title character of the erotic-adventure movie The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak, also called Gwendoline. Her other film appearances include Bachelor Party (1984) as the bride-to-be of Tom Hanks’ character, a starring role in the minor box office hit Witchboard (1986), White Hot, and Dead Tides.
Kitaen appeared in several videos in the 1980s for the band Whitesnake, including the hits "Here I Go Again", "Still of the Night", "Is This Love," and "The Deeper the Love". She was briefly married to Whitesnake's lead singer, David Coverdale. She also appeared in Ratt's "Back for More" music video.
Kitaen appeared in Seinfeld as Jerry’s girlfriend in the 1991 episode "The Nose Job".
She had recurring parts in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and co-hosted America's Funniest People from 1992 to 1994.
Kitaen was also in 19 episodes of the TV series The New WKRP in Cincinnati from 1991 to 1993 as a night-time DJ named Mona Loveland; in the show, her night-time program was called Mona Til Midnight.
Kitaen was one of the cast of the sixth edition of the VH1 reality television show The Surreal Life, which began airing in March 2006. Kitaen also appeared in the second season of the VH1 reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which began in October 2008.
Personal life and death
Kitaen dated Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby during and after high school. She followed the band to Los Angeles in the late 1970s to pursue a career of her own. Kitaen married Whitesnake singer David Coverdale in 1989. Coverdale and Kitaen divorced in 1991. Kitaen had an adulterous affair with O.J. Simpson while he was married to Nicole Brown Simpson.
Kitaen was married to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. In 2002, she was charged with domestic violence for an incident involving Finley, whom she had kicked in the face repeatedly with high-heeled shoes. Three days later, Finley filed for divorce. After a plea bargain, Kitaen agreed to "enter a spousal battery counseling program and avoid contact with Finley." The couple had been married for five years and had two daughters together.
In November 2006, prosecutors charged Kitaen with possessing 15 grams of cocaine in her San Juan Capistrano home in Orange County. The authorities said her two children were home at the time and Kitaen had given deputies permission for the search. In December 2006, she entered a six-month rehabilitation program in exchange for the dismissal of a felony drug possession charge.
On September 26, 2009, Kitaen was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach, California. The following July, she pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI and was sentenced to two days in jail, ordered to attend a first-offender alcohol program, and required to perform 64 hours of community service.
On May 7, 2021, it was announced that Kitaen had died at her Newport Beach home at the age of 59.
|1984||The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak||Gwendoline|
|1984||Bachelor Party||Debbie Thompson|
|1986||Crystal Heart||Alley Daniels|
|1987||Happy Hour||Misty Roberts|
|1993||Three of Hearts||Woman in Bar|
|2002||Happy Hour||Short film|
|2011||Here We Go Again||Short film|
|1976||To Tell the Truth||Herself||Game show|
|1983||Malibu||Mahoney's girlfriend||TV film|
|1985||California Girls||Karen Malone||TV film|
|1986-1987||Capitol||Meredith Ross||TV series|
|1987||Glory Years||Melinda Murphy||TV film|
|1989||Santa Barbara||Lisa DiNapoli||Appeared between February 28, 1989 and July 21, 1989|
|1989||Booker||Skylar Samperton||Episode: "Someone Stole Lucille"|
|1991||They Came From Outer Space||Monica Bates||Episode: "Sex, Lies & UFOs: Part 2"|
|1991||Shades of L.A.||Linda Makowski||Episodes: "Line of Fire: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1991||Veronica Clare||Episodes: "The Boxing Story", "Slow Violence"|
|1991||Seinfeld||Isabel||Episode: "The Nose Job"|
|1991-1993||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||Mona Loveland||Main role (19 episodes)|
|1992-1994||America's Funniest People||Co-host||Succeeded Arleen Sorkin|
|1992-1996||Eek! The Cat||Annabelle (voice)||Main role (39 episodes)|
|1994||Married... with Children||Dominique||Episode: "Shoeway to Heaven"|
|1994||Hercules and the Circle of Fire||Deianeira||TV film|
|1994||Hercules in the Underworld||Deianeira||TV film|
|1994||Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur||Deianeira||TV film|
|1995||Burke's Law||Rhonda Dooley||Episode: "Who Killed Cock-a-Doodle Dooley?"|
|1995||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Deianeira||Episodes: "The Wrong Path", "The Other Side"|
|1997||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Deianeira||Episode: "When a Man Loves a Woman"|
|2006||The Surreal Life||Herself|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lydia Kole||Episode: "Father of the Bride"|
|2012||[email protected]||TV miniseries|
|2017||Botched||Herself||Episode: "Boob Trains and Big Butts"|