Entertainment Celebrity ‘Video vixen’ and Eighties icon Tawny Kitaen dead at 59
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‘Video vixen’ and Eighties icon Tawny Kitaen dead at 59

Tawny Kitaen met a young Tom Hanks at the altar in the 1984 hit Bachelor Party. Photo: Twentieth Century Fox
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Tawny Kitaen, the sultry red-haired actor who appeared in rock music videos during the heyday of MTV and starred opposite Tom Hanks in the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party, has died. She was 59.

The Orange County coroner’s office said she died at her home in Newport Beach on Friday. The cause of death was not immediately released.

Her daughters, Wynter and Raine, confirmed their mother’s death on Kitaen’s Instagram account.

“We just want to say thank you for all of you, her fans and her friends, for always showing her such support and love. You gave her life every day,” their statement said.

Kitaen became the rock world’s “video vixen” after appearing on the cover of two albums from the heavy metal band Ratt and starring in several music videos for Whitesnake, including the 1987 smash song Here I Go Again.

The video, played repeatedly on the burgeoning music television network, featured Kitaen performing cartwheels on the hood of a Jaguar.

She also starred as the fiancee to Tom Hanks’ character in the comedy Bachelor Party, and as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend in a 1991 episode of Seinfeld.

Other TV credits included a stint as co-host of America’s Funniest People and on the reality shows The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew, in which she revealed her struggle with substance abuse.

Kitaen had a tumultuous personal life, which included a brief marriage to Whitesnake’s lead singer David Coverdale, and a rocky marriage to baseball pitcher Chuck Finley, with whom she had two daughters.

“My sincere condolences to her children, her family, friends & fans,” Coverdale tweeted on Saturday.

-with AAP