Jan 20, 2011

When I grow up I want to be Tawny Kitaen...

I didn't grow up watching TV or listening to the radio, my parents kept me pretty sheltered- but when I eventually ventured out and discovered music on my own, I had a lot of ground to make up.   Believe me, I have done my best!   One of the first songs I ever truly adored is the song 'Here I Go Again' by Whitesnake.   I was in awe of the sound, the hair, the lyrics- and the gorgeous woman in the music video, Tawny Kitaen.   She had the most beautiful smile, and glorious hair a little redder than mine but very easy to relate to.   I wanted to be her when I grew up.   I'm pretty sure that makes her my first celebrity crush, in a positive way!   I didn't know much about her, but I would watch the video longingly and dream of one day dancing on a car too, whenever it came on.

What I didn't realize, however, that she has been in so many other things that I watched or loved!
After I looked up the video for this post, I had to find out what else had happened to this beautiful woman.   Wikipedia enlightened me- turns out that although I didn't realize it at the time, I have also watched her on Xena, America's Funniest Home Video's and Bachelor Party- plus I loved Ratt!

Here's the kicker- and the reason why the sudden nostalgia.   I recently received an alert from twitter notifying me that I had a new follower- Miss Tawny Kitaen.   I don't think I can describe how amazing that made me feel- and hopefully if she reads this, she will understand that the music video she made back then actually shaped a part of my life in a very big way.   Thank you. (***Just went to Twitter to look for her name so I could tweet this to her and she is no longer following me, oh well- but this took me more than a minute to write so I am leaving it up as is)

Kitaen began her acting career in 1983 with a minor role in the television movieMalibu. In 1984, she starred as the title character of the erotic-adventure movie The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak (a.k.a. Gwendoline). She also co-starred in the movie Bachelor Party as the bride-to-be of a young Tom Hanks and was the star of the 1986 horror movie Witchboard. She also starred in a not so well known film "Crystal Heart" in 1986.
Kitaen became associated with the glam metal scene because of her high school sweetheart, Ratt guitarist and founder Robbin Crosby. Her legs appeared on the cover of Ratt's self-titled EP wearing black stockings and red pumps, pictured with white rats. Then, in ripped-up clothes, she appeared on the cover of Ratt's Out of the Cellar. She also can be seen at the beginning of the Ratt video "Back for More" as the girl in the 50s-style skirt at the jukebox.
In 1987, her boyfriend was David Coverdale, the lead singer of Whitesnake, and she appeared in several of the band's music videos, the most famous of which was for the song "Here I Go Again," in which she did the splits and rolled around on the hood of two Jaguars whilst wearing a white negligee. She also appeared in the videos for "Is This Love" and "Still of the Night." In 1989, she appeared in the video for "The Deeper the Love."
After her music-video appearances, Kitaen took on a number of television roles. She was co-host of America's Funniest People with Dave Coulier from 1992 to 1994, and was a regular cast member onThe New WKRP in Cincinnati from 1991 to 1993. She guest-starred in an episode of the sitcom Seinfeld in 1991 and in an episode of Married... with Children in 1994. She had a recurring role asDeianira in three of the Kevin Sorbo Hercules television movies in 1994, and then in the regular television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. From 1992 until 1996, she provided the voice of "Annabelle" in the animated television show Eek! The Cat.

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