Born Julie Kitaen, Tawny began using her current name when she was 12 years old completely by of her own choice. This San Diego-born actress started her career in modeling and then went on to play a minor role in a movie made for television, the 1983 drama Malibu. In 1984, she starred opposite Tom Hanks in the comedy Bachelor Party, where she played the role of Hanks' bride-to-be. After this role, she began to associate herself with the glam metal scene, appearing on several album covers and in music videos, most notably the 1987 Whitesnake single “Here I Go Again” video, where she appeared on the hood of a Jaguar wearing nothing but a white, flimsy negligee. After her brief movie stint and notorious music video appearances, Kitaen then ventured into television, co-hosting America's Funniest Home Videos from 1992 to 1994, and guest-starring in a 1991 Seinfeld episode. Along with her colorful love life, Kitaen likewise had numerous brushes with the law after being arrested several times. First in 2001 for allegedly vandalizing another man's car, then for physically abusing her husband, and finally in 2006, for possession of cocaine.
In 2006, Kitaen was cast in VH1 reality show The Surreal Life season 6. The show features celebrities who are said to have been past their primes and puts them in a Hollywood Hills mansion for two weeks, all while being followed by an unforgiving camera that aimed to capture their every move. Arguably one of the most explosive characters in the mansion, in one episode, Kitaen lashed out on the show's on-call sex therapist Florence “Mrs. Brady” Henderson in what she said was an attempt to reveal her true identity. And in the season finale, Kitaen finally lost it and went skinny-dipping when a phone call informed her of two-timing fianc's infidelity. In season 6, the cast was made to shoot a music video, produce and broadcast a live news program, host their own talk show, and participate in a battle of the bands competition.
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- Her first husband is David Coverdale, whom she married in 1989. They divorced two years later and she remarried in 1997. Chuck Finley is her second wife and they have two kids together. However, they divorced in 2002.
- She once dated O.J. Simpson.
- She was arrested for allegedly keying a car in Newport Beach in 2001.
- In 2002, Chuck Finley charged her with domestic violence when she kicked him with her high heels and twisted his ear.
2009: Tom Cool
2008: Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (TV series)
2006: The Surreal Life (TV series)
2002: Happy Hour (short)
1997: Dead Tides - Nola
1995-1997: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV series) - Deianeira
1996: Playback - Sara Burgess
1995: Burke's Law (TV series) - Rhonda Dooley
1992-1996: Eek! the Cat (TV series) - Annabelle
1994: Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (TV movie) - Deianeira
1994: Hercules in the Underworld (TV movie) - Deianeira
1994: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Hercules and the Circle of Fire (TV movie) - Deianeira
1994: Married with Children (TV series) - Dominique
1993: Three of Hearts - Woman in Bar
1991-1993: The New WKRP in Cincinnati (TV series) - Mona Loveland
1991: Seinfeld (TV series) - Isabel
1991: Veronica Clare (TV series)
1991: Shades of LA (TV series) - Linda Makowski
1991: They Came from Outer Space (TV series) - Monica Bates
1989: Santa Barbara (TV series) - Lisa Di Napoli
1989: Booker (TV series) - Skylar Samperton
1989: White Hot - Vanessa
1987: Happy Hour - Misty Roberts
1987: Glory Years (TV movie)
1986-1987: Capitol (TV series) - Meredith Ross
1986: Witchboard - Linda Brewster
1986: Instant Justice - Virginia
1986: Corazón de cristal - Alley Daniels
1985: California Girls (TV movie) - Karen Malone
1984: Bachelor Party - Debbie Thompson
1984: The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak - Gwendoline
1983: Malibu (TV movie) - Mahoney's Girlfriend