Cyrinda Foxe

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Cyrinda Foxe
Born Kathleen Victoria Hetzekian
(1952-02-22)February 22, 1952
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Died September 7, 2002(2002-09-07) (aged 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler
Occupation Actress, model
Spouse(s) David Johansen (m. 1977–78)
Steven Tyler (m. 1978–87)
Keith Waa (m. 2002)

Cyrinda Foxe (born Kathleen Victoria Hetzekian; February 22, 1952 – September 7, 2002) was an American actress, model and publicist, best known for her role in Andy Warhol's Bad. She was married to both David Johansen of the proto-punk band New York Dolls, and Steven Tyler of the rock band Aerosmith. She is the mother of Mia Tyler.

Early life[edit]

Foxe was born Kathleen Victoria Hetzekian in Santa Monica, California, to an Armenian family. She grew up as an army brat in an abusive household. After graduating high school, she lived in Texas briefly before settling in New York City, where she got a job working as an assistant to Greta Garbo. She later changed her name and began frequenting Max's Kansas City, the famous nightclub, and became an actress.


Foxe is best known for her role in Andy Warhol's Bad (1977). Foxe had an affair with David Bowie, while working as a publicist for MainMan Artistes LTD, Bowie's management company. She also appeared in the music video for Bowie's 1973 single, "The Jean Genie".

Foxe was described as being "bright, very magnetic" and having "an effervescence about her," and as "very much a character of her own creation."[1]

Foxe grew up idolizing the Rolling Stones. She later became involved with the New York Dolls, a protopunk band often compared to the Stones. In 1977, after years of dating, Foxe married David Johansen, the band's lead singer. It was while Foxe was married to Johansen that she met Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler.

After less than a year of marriage to Johansen, Foxe left him for Steven Tyler. Foxe and Tyler married and had a daughter, Mia, but the marriage was troubled by drug addiction, extramarital affairs, and physical and emotional abuse. Foxe and Tyler divorced shortly before Aerosmith made a comeback in the late 1980s. She raised Mia in Sunapee, New Hampshire and New York City.

Personal life[edit]

In 1997, Foxe's memoir, Dream On: Livin' on the Edge with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, co-written with Danny Fields, was published.[2] Not long after the book was released, Foxe announced that the paperback edition of Dream On would include nude photos of Steven Tyler, but Tyler won a lawsuit in 1999, preventing Foxe from publishing the photos. In 2000, she launched a web site in which she was selling nude pictures of Tyler, but by the end of the year, the site closed.


In 2001, Foxe had a mild stroke. She received Medicaid and food stamps, but she had no apartment or place to live. Myra Freidman organized a benefit at CBGB to raise money for Foxe. Steven Tyler, who also paid her hospital bills, donated a signed Aerosmith guitar to the benefit, which sold for $5000.[3] David Bowie also donated an acoustic guitar. Tyler agreed to pay for a room for Foxe at the Gramercy Park Hotel where, on August 28, 2002, she married musician Keith Waa.[4]

Foxe died from an inoperable brain tumor on September 7, 2002.[3]


  1. ^ Arthur Kane; Barbara Kane (1 August 2009). I, Doll: Life and Death with the New York Dolls. Chicago Review Press. pp. 209–. ISBN 978-1-55652-941-2. Retrieved 7 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Cyrinda Foxe; Cyrinda Foxe-Tyler (1 August 2009). Dream on: Livin' on the Edge with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith. Phoenix Books, Inc. pp. 39–. ISBN 978-1-59777-617-2. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Fiasco, Lance (12 September 2002). "Aerosmith's Tyler Attends Funeral Of Ex-Wife, Inspiration For Bowie's 'Jean Genie'". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Friedman, Roger (27 August 2002). "Dream On: Steven Tyler's Exes Get Hitched". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 

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