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Who was Tawny Kitaen?

Tawny Kitaen (August 5, 1961 – May 7, 2021) was an American actress, model, and media personality. She began her career as a television actress, appearing in the television films Malibu (1983) and California Girls (1985). She also starred in the comedies The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak and Bachelor Party (both 1984), and the horror film Witchboard (1986).

Tawny Kitaen died from heart disease and opioids

Tawny Kitaen died from heart disease and opioids
Tawny Kitaen died from heart disease and opioids

The “Bachelor Party” star died from dilated cardiomyopathy, TMZ reported Wednesday, citing the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Other contributing factors included clogged arteries, antidepressants, sedatives, nerve pain medication, and opioids.

Kitaen died on May 7 at age 59 in Newport Beach, Calif. Her close family and friends recently gathered for an intimate celebration to honor her life after she was cremated.

In addition to “Bachelor Party,” Kitaen starred in the 1984 French cult classic “The Perils of Gwendoline” and 2014’s “After Midnight.”

Kitaen started her career on the game show “To Tell the Truth” in 1976 and eventually migrated to movies, where she achieved moderate success. The vixen was also featured in a few classic music videos, notably Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again.”

She married lead singer David Coverdale in 1989, but the marriage lasted only two years. Kitaen then wed baseball star Chuck Finley in 1997, but the former couple split in 2002 following his claims that she had repeatedly kicked him during a domestic dispute.

They shared two daughters: Wynter, 28, and Raine, 22.

Tawny Kitaen Biography, Wiki

Tawny Kitaen was born in Julie Kitaen San Diego, California on August 5, 1961, to Terry Kitaen who worked with the Neon Sign Company. Her mother Linda Kitaen (née Taylor) was a former beauty pageant participant and a housewife. There is no information about her siblings.

Tawny attended Mission Bay High School in San Diego but dropped out along the line because she was dyslexic. She immediately gave herself the name Tawny when she turned 12 years of age and was on the streets making a living through modeling and minor roles on TV.

Gradually, she became a powerful sex symbol turning into the lady many men wanted but couldn’t have.

Tawny Kitaen Biography
Tawny Kitaen
Full NameJulie Ellen Kitaen
BornAugust 5, 1961
San Diego, California, U.S.
DiedMay 7, 2021 (aged 59)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, media personality
Years active1979–2021
Spouse(s)David Coverdale​​(m. 1989; div. 1991)​
Chuck Finley​​(m. 1997; div. 2002)​
Children2

Tawny Kitaen Career

She made her film debut in the French action comedy film “The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak” as Gwendoline a naïve girl who was captured by a trio of thieves at a Chinese port and sold off to a local brothel owner to make men happy.

The film was a commercial success, perhaps not as successful as her vixen credits in the music videos of the Whitesnake rock band. It was a good business for her and the rock band.

Kitaen’s acting credits include 1984 films Bachelor Party and Gwendoline and numerous television credits including Santa Barbara, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, Eek! The Cat, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Moms Anonymous.

Kitaen’s fame reached new levels when she appeared in a number of popular music videos starting with Ratt’s “Back for More” in 1984 and then a trilogy of videos for Whitesnake in 1987 which included “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again.”

Tawny Kitaen Love Life

Kitaen married British rock star David Cloverdale in 1989, but the two divorced two years later.

Kitaen became the rock world’s “video vixen” after appearing on the cover of two albums from the heavy metal band Ratt and starring in several music videos for Whitesnake, including the 1987 smash song “Here I Go Again.” The video, played repeatedly on the burgeoning music television network, featured Kitaen performing cartwheels on the hood of a Jaguar.

She remarried in 1997, this time with MLB star Chuck Finley. They had two daughters, Wynter and Raine, before divorcing in 2002.

Tawny Kitaen with her ex-husband Chuck Finley
Tawny Kitaen with her ex-husband Chuck Finley

Tawny Kitaen Drugs Use

In 2002, Kitaen made headlines for a domestic dispute between her and her husband. She was arrested on two charges of misdemeanor spousal abuse after she allegedly physically assaulted Finley during an argument. Finley filed for divorce three days after the incident. That September, Kitaen reached a settlement in the case. The charges against her were dropped after she completed a year of counseling.

Kitaen tried to resurrect her career by appearing on a reality television series in 2006. She joined the cast of The Surreal Life for its sixth season. The show filmed a group of once-famous celebrities living together under one roof. Kitaen appeared with actress Florence Henderson; American Idol contestant Corey Clark; performer Alexis Arquette; and others on the show. That same year, Kitaen was arrested for cocaine possession. The charge against her was dismissed after she completed a six-month rehabilitation program.

The following year, Kitaen launched her own legal battle. She filed suit against a former boyfriend, claiming that he scammed her out of $3 million of her assets. The pair finally reached a settlement in 2009.

Tawny Kitaen FAQ’s

Who was Tawny Kitaen?

Julie Ellen “Tawny” Kitaen (August 5, 1961 – May 7, 2021) was an American actress, model, and media personality. She began her career as a television actress, appearing in the television films Malibu (1983) and California Girls (1985). She also starred in the comedies The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak and Bachelor Party (both 1984), and the horror film Witchboard (1986).

How did Tawny Kitaen die?

The “Bachelor Party” star died from dilated cardiomyopathy, TMZ reported Wednesday, citing the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Other contributing factors included clogged arteries, antidepressants, sedatives, nerve pain medication, and opioids.

How old was Tawny Kitaen?

Tawny Kitaen died at the age of 59.

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