Tawny Kitaen, an actress who gained fame within the Nineteen Eighties for her roles in rock music movies and who starred with Tom Hanks within the film “Bachelor Get together,” died on Friday at her residence in Newport Seashore, Calif. She was 59.
Ms. Kitaen’s dying was confirmed by a daughter, Wynter Finley, who stated the trigger was not recognized.
Ms. Kitaen turned a mainstay on MTV within the Nineteen Eighties when the community was at its peak cultural affect with music movies enjoying all day.
Along with her flowing crimson hair and acrobatic strikes, Ms. Kitaen appeared in movies for bands like Whitesnake and Ratt, coming throughout as each sultry and playful. She famously danced on the hood of a white Jaguar within the Whitesnake music video “Right here I Go Once more” and graced the quilt of Ratt’s 1984 album, “Out of the Cellar.”
Julie Kitaen was born on Aug. 5, 1961, in San Diego. She studied ballet and gymnastics till she was 15. After showing in a Jack LaLanne industrial, and in tv exhibits and films, she gained wider publicity as Mr. Hanks’s fiancée within the 1984 comedy “Bachelor Get together.”
But it surely was her look in music movies that solidified her picture in Technology X’s creativeness as a free-spirited magnificence having the time of her life.
She as soon as described working with Paula Abdul on the set of 1 video.
Ms. Abdul, then a choreographer, requested her what she may do. Ms. Kitaen stated she confirmed Ms. Abdul a few of her strikes. Ms. Abdul then turned to the director, Marty Callner, and stated, “She’s bought this and doesn’t want me.” She then left, Ms. Kitaen stated.
“That was the best praise,” she stated. “So I bought on the automobiles and Marty would say, ‘Motion,’ and I’d do no matter I felt like doing.”
She married the Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale in 1989 and the couple divorced two years later. In 1997, she married Chuck Finley, a major-league baseball pitcher. They’d two daughters, Wynter and Raine. The couple divorced in 2002.
Later, Ms. Kitaen appeared on actuality exhibits and spoke brazenly about her struggles with habit to cocaine and painkillers.
In a 2010 interview with The Day by day Pilot, she described her volunteer work at a shelter for ladies who had left abusive relationships and stated she herself was a survivor of home violence. Ms. Kitaen stated that after her divorce from Mr. Finley, she turned concerned with a person who was bodily and verbally abusive.
“You don’t wish to inform anyone since you really feel like an entire idiot for staying — you shield them,” she stated. “You do all the things you’ll be able to so different folks don’t discover out that he’s abusing you.”
Michael Goldberg, Ms. Kitaen’s agent, stated lately she appeared on numerous podcasts and radio exhibits and relished speaking about her time as a determine in rock historical past.
“Individuals nonetheless love to listen to these tales as a result of the rock ’n’ roll way of life is one thing all of us fantasize about, isn’t it?” he stated. “And she or he lived it. And had a lot to say about it.”
Ms. Kitaen is survived by her two daughters and a brother and a sister.