RIP Tawny Kitaen…
Very sad news today: Tawny Kitaen, the Sex Kitten who was one of the 80’s most popular Models and Music Video Actresses, has died at the age of 59…
Kitaen died in Newport Beach Friday. The coroner has yet to release the cause of death, according to TMZ.
Tawny was born in San Diego California in 1961.
Kitaen was a precocious child who got the showbiz bug at 14, after seeing Rokcer Peter Frampton in concert. According to TMZ:
“She got a backstage pass and saw the All-Access VIP treatment Peter’s GF Penny received, and that was it. She was hooked.”
She headed to LA with her boyfriend, who was in the band “Ratt” – and she was featured on their first two album covers…
Tawny scored a role in the Tom Hanks comedy, “Bachelor Party” as well as the sci-fi sex romp “The Perils Of Gwendoline”.
Kitaen was also a very popular Model, including pictorials in a variety of magazines including Playboy.
And, Tawny famously was featured in some of the most popular music videos of the 80’s, notably Whitesnake’s “Is This Love,” and “Here I Go Again.”
Here is that video:
Tawny’s personal life was rocky. She married Whitesnake’s lead singer, David Coverdale, back in 1989, but the marriage only lasted 2 years.
Tawny had more than 40 screen credits, in films like “Crystal Heart” and “Witchboard.”
She went on to marry baseball Pitcher Chuck Finley but the marriage was rocked with controversy. Finley claimed she repeatedly kicked him in the face with her high heels and she was charged with domestic violence. He filed for divorce 3 days later. She cut a plea and entered a domestic violence counseling program.
She seems to have had many issues after her success in the 80’s, but she did go on to appear in many TV shows and films – a career that lasted for decades.
Tanya Roberts was another 80’s sex kitten who died too soon…
She had a very similar career to Tawny, and you can see it all here:
A sad end to such a terrific 80’s Sex Kitten…Tawny was involved in music, modeling and film at the same time as this legendary sex kitten:
Shannon Tweed also had a rock connection, since she has been with KISS lead singer Gene Simmons for decades…you can see all of her most provocative credits by clicking on my story here: