Tawny Kitaen

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Tawny Kitaen
Born Julie E. Kitaen
(1961-08-05) August 5, 1961 (age 55)
San Diego, California, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) David Coverdale (1989–1991)
Chuck Finley (1997–2002)
Children 2

Julie E. "Tawny" Kitaen[1] (/kˈt.ən/; born August 5, 1961)[2] is an American actress and media personality.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kitaen was born in San Diego, California, in 1961, the daughter of Linda (née Taylor), a housewife and a former beauty pageant participant, and Terry Kitaen, an employee of a neon sign company.[4] Julie began using the name "Tawny" at the age of 12, on her own initiative.[5]


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. She also co-starred in the movie Bachelor Party as the bride-to-be of a young Tom Hanks, and was the star of the 1986 horror movie Witchboard.[6]

Kitaen appeared in several videos in the 1980s for the band Whitesnake, including the hits "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love;" she was then dating Whitesnake's lead singer, David Coverdale, to whom she was later briefly married.

She had recurring parts on multiple television series such as 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 Midnight With Mona.

Kitaen was one of the cast of the sixth edition of the VH1 reality television show The Surreal Life, which began airing in March of 2006. While trying to deal with chemical-dependence issues described below in more detail, which marred her legal status as also detailed below, Kitaen also appeared in the second season of the VH1 reality TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which began in October of 2008.[7][8][9] Dr. Drew Pinsky, who moderated Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, subsequently came under fire for the fact that at least two celebrities he had tried to help, television actor Jeff Conaway and country-and-western singer Mindy McCready, had subsequently died of complications of their respective dependences.

Kitaen also appeared in Seinfeld, once, as Jerry's girlfriend in the episode "The Nose Job."

Personal life[edit]

Kitaen married Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale in 1989. Nevertheless, she had an affair with O.J. Simpson during Simpson's marriage to Nicole Brown[10][11] and her marriage to Coverdale.[12] Kitaen divorced Coverdale in 1991 and was married to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. She has two daughters, Wynter Finley (b. 1993) and Raine Finley (b. 1998).

Legal troubles[edit]

In 2002, Kitaen was charged with domestic violence for an incident involving her then husband, professional baseball player Chuck Finley.[13] Three days later, Finley filed for divorce.[13] After a plea bargain, Kitaen agreed to "enter a spousal battery counseling program and avoid contact with Finley."[13] The couple had been married for five years and had two daughters together, Wynter and Raine.[14]

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.[15] In December 2006, she entered a six-month rehabilitation program in exchange for the dismissal of a felony drug possession charge.[16][17][18]

On September 26, 2009, Kitaen was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach, California.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak Gwendoline
1984 Bachelor Party Debbie Thompson
1986 Witchboard Linda Brewster
1986 Crystal Heart Alley Daniels
1986 Instant Justice Virginia
1987 Happy Hour Misty Roberts
1989 White Hot Vanessa
1993 Three of Hearts Woman in Bar
1996 Playback Sara Burgess
1997 Dead Tides Nola
2002 Happy Hour Short film
2009 Too Cool
2011 Here We Go Again Short film
2014 Naked After Midnight Rikki


Year Title Role Notes
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[20][21]
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 New WKRP in Cincinnati, TheThe New WKRP in Cincinnati Mona Loveland Main role (19 episodes)
1992-1994 America's Funniest People Cohost (with Dave Coulier) 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"
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lydia Kole Episode: "Father of the Bride"
2012 Life@Large TV miniseries


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  2. ^ Time Waster. "Tawny Kitaen: Major League Hitter". The. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Tawny Kitaen". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Seinfeld. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Celebrity Rehab 2 with Dr. Drew | Show Cast, Episodes, Guides, Trailers, Web Exclusives, Previews". VH1.com. Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  6. ^ Caryn James (March 15, 1987). "LOVE TRIANGLE IN 'WITCHBOARD'". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ ""VH1 Heads Back to Rehab With Dr. Drew Pinsky for a Second Season of 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.'" June 10, 2008.". 
  8. ^ TV Guide, June 23, 2008. Page 8.
  9. ^ ""Celebs Check Into Rehab 2 With Dr. Drew"; vh1.com; June 10, 2008.". 
  10. ^ Sheila Weller (4 March 2016). Raging Heart: The Intimate Story of the Tragic Marriage of O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson. Graymalkin Media. pp. 139–. ISBN 978-1-63168-066-3. 
  11. ^ Sheila Weller (1995). Raging Heart: The Intimate Story of the Tragic Marriage of O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson. Pocket Books. pp. 198, 210. ISBN 978-0-671-52145-5. 
  12. ^ "Tawny Kitaen and O. J. Simpson". Who's Dated Who?. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c "Kitaen Files $12-Mil Lawsuit Against Ex". People Magazine. September 24, 2002. 
  14. ^ "Wife accepts Chuck Finley plea bargain". cbcsports. 2002-09-18. 
  15. ^ Faber, Judy (November 22, 2006). "Tawny Kitaen Faces Felony Drug Charges". CBS News Online. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  16. ^ "Tawny Kitaen enters drug rehab for cocaine - Celebrities - MSNBC.com". 
  17. ^ Vyas, Sunil; 'Bachelor Party' actress Tawny Kitaen in cocaine possession row earthtimes.org; November 23, 2006
  18. ^ Reuters; Tawny Kitaen enters drug rehab for cocaine msnbc; December 18, 2006
  19. ^ "Actress Tawny Kitaen arrested in Calif. for DUI". Associated Press. 2009-09-26. 
  20. ^ http://santabarbara-online.com/lisadin2.htm
  21. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150223203744/http://capridge.com/lisa.htm

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