Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Tawny Kitaen Dies at 59, MTV Pin Up from the 80s, Acted in B Films, Had an Affair with OJ Simpson, Lived Hard and Fast

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Tawny Kitaen, whose real name was Julie, died of unknown causes overnight at age 59.

She came to Hollywood as a teenager, dated heavy metal rock stars, married one, was a pin up in MTV videos and B movies, and had an affair with OJ Simpson while he was married to the wife he eventually murdered.

Lived hard and fast, died relatively young. She was a walking talking “E! True Hollywood Story.”

It’s an old story, and a tragic one.

Kitaen was gorgeous, and she knew it. She married Whitesnake singer David Coverdale. She did videos for Whitesnake and RATT, the literal bottom of the rock hierarchy. The best movie role she had was playing a young Tom Hanks’s girlfriend in “Bachelor Party.” She was one of the lead character’s girlfriends in an episode of “Seinfeld.”

After a run as a video vixen, she married major league pitcher Chuck Finley and had two daughters. He divorced her after a couple of years following a domestic abuse incident– she wounded him with a stiletto heel.

The downward slide commenced. Kitaen became a regular on MTV and VH-1 reality shows, had a much publicized cocaine problem, and was arrested in 2006 and 2009. And now, this. It’s very sad. \

Historians will pore over these videos for eons to come:

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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