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Kristina Louise Yothers
May 5, 1973
|Years active||1981–1995 |
Robert Kaiser (m. 2002)
Kristina Louise Yothers (born May 5, 1973) is an American actress and singer. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of three, she is best known for her role as Jennifer Keaton on the hit NBC series Family Ties, as well as for her roles in numerous television films throughout the 1980s and early 1990s including The Cherokee Trail, Crash Course, and Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story among others.
Yothers was born in Whittier, California. Her father, Robert Yothers, was a television producer. She has three brothers, Jeffrey and Randy (twins), and Cory, who all acted in commercials as children. Her brother, Cory appeared in numerous films and television shows throughout the early 1980s, often credited as "Bumper" Yothers.
Yothers began her acting career in television advertisements at age three. Her first cinema role was in the 1981 television movie The Cherokee Trail. She also appeared in the 1982 feature film Shoot the Moon. Her most famous role was as Jennifer Keaton, the younger daughter in the television comedy Family Ties from 1982 to 1989. She also competed in the Battle of the Network Stars in December 1988. When Family Ties ended, Yothers abandoned her blonde hair color and has mostly worn it black with the notable exception of a 1996 appearance on Married With Children.
She wrote the book Being Your Best: Tina Yothers's Guide for Girls and formed the band Jaded with her brother Cory. She provided the lead vocals while Cory played keyboard. In 1998, Jaded released their self-titled CD, which was co-written by Cory Yothers, Michael Anderson, Tina Yothers & Jaded and performed by Tina Yothers (lead vocals), Michael Anderson (guitars/vocals), Jerry France (guitars/vocals), Larry Rosales (drums), and Mike Wilson (bass). Additional musicians were Phil Jordan from the Orange County band No Doubt on Trumpet, and a DJ, name unknown. Previously, Yothers sang a cover of The Raes song "Baby I'm Back in Love Again", which she would later record as a single, in a Family Ties episode "Band on the Run" (original tx: Feb 26, 1987).
After a nine-year absence from acting, Yothers was given the lead role in Lovelace the Musical, a 2004 stage show based on the life of former pornographic movie star Linda Lovelace. She followed that up with a stint as a stock player in the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Boca Raton, Florida from 2005 to 2007.
She also appeared as herself on a special TV child stars edition of the The Weakest Link in 2001 where she was voted off in round 5.
Yothers appeared on the fourth season of the VH1 reality television show Celebrity Fit Club, which began on August 6, 2006. After Yothers's second pregnancy, she appeared on Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp to try get back to her post-Fit Club weight. On January 17, 2012 she was featured on the ABC show Celebrity Wife Swap, where she traded places with Niecy Nash of Reno 911!.
In 2002, Yothers married an electrician, Robert Kaiser, who had a daughter from a previous marriage. Yothers has two children, daughter Lillian Grace 'Lilly', born October 2005, and a son, Robert Jake born September 24, 2007. The family resides in Ontario, California.
Film and television
|1981||The Wonderful World of Disney||Peg Breydon||"The Cherokee Trail"|
|1982||Shoot the Moon||Molly Dunlap||Feature film|
|1982||Father Murphy||Beatrice||"The Dream Day"|
|1982–1989||Family Ties||Jennifer Keaton||176 episodes|
|1983||Your Place... or Mine||Television movie|
|1984||Domestic Life||Sally Dwyer||"Harold in Love", "The Candidates"|
|1985||Family Ties Vacation||Jennifer Keaton||Television movie|
|1988||Crash Course||Alice Santini||Television movie|
|1988||Mickey's 60th Birthday||Jennifer Keaton||Television special|
|1990||Laker Girls||Tracy||Television movie|
|1990||Family Double Dare||Herself||Celebrity contestant|
|1993||Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story||Tonya Harding||Television movie|
|1995||A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester||Claire Howard||Television movie|
|1996||Married... with Children||Herself||"Kelly's Gotta Habit"|
|2001||The Weakest Link||Herself||Child TV stars special edition|
|2006||Celebrity Fit Club||Herself||Reality Television|
|2006||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire||Herself||Reality Television|
|2012||Celebrity Wife Swap||Herself||Reality Television|
|2013||What Not to Wear||Herself||Reality Television|
Awards and nominations
|1983||Young Artist Award||Nominated||Best Young Actress in a New Television Series||Family Ties|
|1984||Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series|
|1985||Won||Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy Series|
|1989||Nominated||Best Young Actress - Starring in a Television Comedy Series|
- "Tina Yothers Biography (1973-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-12-03.