Actress, model, and music video legend Tawny Kitaen has passed away. She was only 59 years old.
Julie E. “Tawny” Kitaen, Bachelor Party actress and recurring Whitesnake music video star, has died, Variety reports. Kitaen, who was most known for her role as the vixen in many of the ’80s hard rock band’s videos, was 59 years old.
Kitaen was born in San Diego, California, and first emerged as part of the rock scene in 1983 after appearing on the cover of heavy metal band RATT’s self-titled 1983 debut album as well as Out of the Cellar, in 1984, an album which has been certified triple-platinum. At the time, Kitaen was dating RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby.
The seductress was featured in RATT’s “Back for More” music video and soon after became the video vixen most known for her appearance in Whitesnake’s 1987 smash hit “Here I Go Again,” where she displayed her beauty and acrobatic flexibility.
She then moved on to acting with a starring role as Tom Hanks’ girlfriend in the celebrated 1984 comedy, Bachelor Party. Kitaen also appeared in Witchboard, White Hot and Dead Tides, as well as a Seinfeld episode titled “The One With The Nose Job.”
Kitaen was one of the hottest women alive in the 80’s and 90’s, and everyone my age has seen that Whitesnake video a million times. It’s a shame she’s gone so soon.