Julie Ellen Kitaen
August 5, 1961
|Died||May 7, 2021 (aged 59)|
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, model, media personality|
(m. 1989; div. 1991)
(m. 1997; div. 2002)
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).
Kitaen garnered widespread recognition for her appearances in a number of heavy metal music videos, including Ratt's "Back for More" (1984) and Whitesnake's "Still of the Night" and "Here I Go Again" (both 1987).
In the 2000s, Kitaen transitioned into appearing on reality television series, including The Surreal Life (2006) and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008), the latter of which documented Kitaen's issues with substance abuse.
She was born Julie Kitaen in San Diego, California in 1961, the eldest of three children born to Linda Kitaen (née Taylor), a housewife and one-time beauty pageant participant, and Terry Kitaen, an employee of a neon sign company. Kitaen's mother was of Scottish and Irish descent, while her father was of Russian Jewish heritage.
Kitaen was raised in the Jewish faith. She began using the nickname "Tawny" at the age of 12 on her own initiative. As a child, she struggled with dyslexia, which led to her to drop out of Mission Bay High School. At the age of 14, with backstage passes after a Peter Frampton concert at Balboa Stadium, Kitaen witnessed the VIP treatment afforded to Frampton's girlfriend Penny and aspired to achieve it for herself.
Kitaen modeled and appeared in television commercials for Jack LaLanne's European Health Spas in the early 1980s. In a January 2021 Instagram post, Kitaen claimed that the experience inspired her to become an actress.
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, and starring roles in the minor box office hit Witchboard (1986), White Hot, and Dead Tides.
Kitaen appeared in several music 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 also appeared in Ratt's "Back for More" music video.
Kitaen appeared on Seinfeld as Jerry’s girlfriend in the 1991 episode "The Nose Job." She appeared in 19 episodes of the TV series The New WKRP in Cincinnati from 1991 to 1993 as a night-time DJ named Mona Loveland who has a show called Mona Til Midnight. She also had recurring parts in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and co-hosted America's Funniest People from 1992 to 1994.
Kitaen joined 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. She appeared in the Season 4 Episode 12 of Botched, requesting that her breast implants be removed.
Kitaen was married to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002, with whom she had two daughters, Wynter and Raine. In 2002, she was charged with domestic violence for an incident involving Finley, and three days later, Finley filed for divorce. In a plea bargain, Kitaen agreed to "enter a spousal battery counseling program and avoid contact with Finley."
In November 2006, prosecutors charged Kitaen with possessing 15 grams of cocaine in her San Juan Capistrano home in Orange County. The authorities said that her two children were home at the time and that Kitaen had granted 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, Kitaen died at her Newport Beach home at the age of 59. She had been working with author and historian Colin Heaton on her memoir for the past year. Her death was confirmed to The New York Times by her daughter Wynter Finley, who told the paper that the cause of death was not immediately known. The police reported that nothing at the scene indicated alcohol or drugs as a factor in Kitaen's death. The Orange County coroner's office made the certificate as "residential death", without any other description.
|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|||
|2011||Here We Go Again||Short film|
|2015||Come Simi||Dee Dee|||
|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||Veronica Clare||Guest appearance|
|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||Life@Large||Diane Kaplan||Web miniseries|
|2017||Botched||Herself||Episode: "Boob Trains and Big Butts"|
|1984||"Back for More"||Ratt|
|1987||"Still of the Night"||Whitesnake|
|1987||"Here I Go Again"||Whitesnake|
|1987||"Is This Love"||Whitesnake|
|1990||"The Deeper the Love"||Whitesnake|
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