Tawny Kitaen
Birth Date:
August 5, 1961
Birth Place:
San Diego, California, USA
5' 7
Actress, Former Model
Pacific Beach Junior High in San Diego
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Tawny Kitaen is an American actress and media personality. She is known for her performances on the television soap operas “Capitol” (1986-1987, as Meredith Ross) and “Santa Barbara” (1989, as Lisa DiNapoli) and for her recurring role as Deianeira on “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” in the 1990s. She co-hosted “America's Funniest People” from 1992 to 1994.    

Kitaen has been divorced twice. She was married to first husband Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991 and to second husband baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. Just a few days prior to her second divorce, Kitaen charged with domestic violence for an incident involving Finley. She pleaded a bargain and agreed to “enter a spousal battery counseling program and avoid contact with Finley.” In November 2006, she was charged with possessing 15 grams of cocaine in her San Juan Capistrano home in Orange County. She was ordered to enter a rehabilitation program for six months in exchange for the dismissal of a felony drug possession charge. Kitaen once again was involved in legal troubles when she was arrested for driving under the influence in Newport Beach, California in September 2009.    

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Childhood and Family:

Tawny Kitaen was born on August 5, 1961, in San Diego, California, as Julie E. Kitaen. Her father, Terry Kitaen, worked at a neon sign company, and her mother, Linda Kitaen, was a housewife. She has a younger sister and brother. Julie started applying the name “Tawny” at the age of 12, on her own initiative. She attended  Mission Bay High School in San Diego, California, but left school and headed to Los Angeles with her boyfriend.

On February 17, 1989, Tawny married David Coverdale, but they later divorced in 1991. She then married Chuck Finley, a major league baseball pitcher, on November 20, 1997.  They welcomed their first child, a daughter Wynter Finley on March  18, 1993. Their second daughter Raine Finley was born on June 1, 1998. The couple ended their marriage in divorce on April 4, 2002, after having been together for five years.

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Tawny Kitaen made her professional acting debut when she landed a minor role on the 1983 TV film “Malibu,” featuring Kim Novak, Susan Dey, Troy Donahue and James Coburn. Her first big screen role was as the title character in the French erotic-adventure movie “The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak” (1984), directed by Just Jaeckin. She was cast as the bride-to-be of a young Tom Hanks in “Bachelor Party” (1984) and co-starred in the ABC TV film “California Girls” (1985) with Robby Benson, Martin Mull and Charles Rocket.  

Kitaen joined the cast of the CBS soap opera “Capitol”in the role of Meredith Ross from 1986 to 1987. She went on to join the NBC soap opera “Santa Barbara” in 1989, playing Lisa DiNapoli. In between, Kitaen appeared in several films like “Crystal Heart” (1986), “Instant Justice” (1986), “Happy Hour” (1986), “ Witchboard” (1986, starring as Linda Brewster), “White Hot” (1989) as well as in the TV film “Glory Years” (1987).

Kitaen guest starred in “Booker” (1989), “They Came from Outer Space” (1991), “Shades of LA” (1991), “Veronica Clare” (1991), “Seinfeld” (1991), “Married with Children” (1994), and from 1991 to 1993, she starred as Mona Loveland in the syndicated sitcom “The New WKRP in Cincinnati.” Starting in 1992 until 1995, she provided the voice of Annabelle in the American-Canadian animated series “Eek! the Cat.”  She co-hosted (with Dave Coulier) “America's Funniest People” from 1992 to 1994.

In 1994, Kitaen played the role of Deianeira on the TV films “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Hercules and the Circle of Fire,” “Hercules in the Underworld” and “Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur.” She also played the role on three episodes of the television series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” between 1995 and 1997. Kitaen co-starred with George Hamilton and Shannon Whirry in the drama/thriller film “Playback” (1996) and with Roddy Piper and Trevor Goddard in the action movie “Dead Tides” (1997).

In 2006, Kitaen joined other celebrities like Alexis Arquette, Steve Harwell, Sherman Hemsley, Poison guitarist C. C. DeVille,Maven Huffman, and Andrea Lowell to star in the sixth edition of the VH1 reality television show, “The Surreal Life,” which started airing on March 19, 2006. She also appeared in the second season of the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which began in October 2008.  

Kitaen resumed her acting career with a small part in the 2009 comedy film “Tom Cool,”  starring Mila Kunis. She went on to make a guest appearances in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2011) and “Coogan Auto” (2013) and appeared in the TV miniseries “Life@Large” (2012-2013). She had supporting roles on the films “After Midnight” (2014) and “Come Simi” (2015).


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