EXCLUSIVE: Tawny Kitaen is remembered by many for being the video vixen who famously carried out cartwheels on the hood of a Jaguar – however to Michael Des Barres, she was “one of many funniest folks” he’s ever identified.
The late star and rocker/actor labored collectively on “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” which aired from 1991 till 1993.
“She may have written, directed – she was that humorous,” the 73-year-old informed Fox Information on Monday. “However as a result of the silhouette was so sparkly and most of the people simply noticed her on high of a automotive – I didn’t see her that approach in any respect. I noticed a extremely nice actress who may have been something she wished to be. I believe if she’d come alongside right now, she would have conquered the world.”
Des Barres mentioned “there was no query” Kitaen may have simply turn into a comedienne in Hollywood right now.
“She may have had her personal present,” he mentioned. “She may have gone anyplace, and I actually do consider that. And I believe the societal method of present enterprise was so poisonous that she went in one other path. However she had uncooked expertise.”
Des Barres described having a “enjoyable” relationship with Kitaen on set. And everybody was drawn to her.
“As an example, we’re doing the present after which lunchtime, there’s O.J. Simpson within the studio on the lookout for Tawny,” he mentioned. “Subsequent day it might be Jerry Seinfeld who was on the stage subsequent to us. There was all the time any person after her. However if you’re that attractive, humorous… and clever, you’re all the time going be bombarded with everybody.”
“She had an unbelievable humorousness and appeal,” Des Barres continued. “She wasn’t a rock ‘n’ roll bimbo… I simply bear in mind us having enjoyable [on set]. She was an amazing comic, funnier than the dialogue written for her. That’s how I bear in mind her. All the time laughing.”
Kitaen turned the rock world’s video vixen after showing on the quilt of two albums from the heavy metallic band Ratt and starring in a number of music movies for Whitesnake, together with the 1987 hit track “Right here I Go Once more.”
Along with starring because the fiancée to Hanks’ character within the comedy “Bachelor Get together,” she performed Seinfeld’s girlfriend in a 1991 episode of “Seinfeld.”
However the star had a tumultuous private life. She married Whitesnake singer David Coverdale in 1989, however the pair divorced two years later. She later married MLB pitcher Chuck Finley in 1997, with whom she had two daughters. The wedding was rocky and it led to 2002.
Throughout an look on “Celeb Rehab,” Kitaen admitted she struggled with substance abuse, Selection reported. In line with the outlet, she had a number of run-ins with the legislation, together with a cost for cocaine possession in 2006 and driving below the affect in 2009.
Des Barres mentioned he “was not shocked” over Kitaen’s sudden demise.
“That’s simply the truth of what plenty of younger, lovely actresses undergo this city,” he mentioned. “… [And] no one ever tells you the reality.”
Des Barres mentioned the 2 would later stumble upon one another often at occasions. And when requested how Kitaen felt about being acknowledged as a intercourse image, Des Barres mentioned she “liked it.”
“I imply, who wouldn’t?” he mentioned. “I believe she needed to preserve the stardom she achieved. It was a double-edged sword… [But] she may have been something she wished to be.”
The Orange County coroner’s workplace mentioned Kitaen died at her dwelling in Newport Seaside. A reason behind demise was not instantly launched.
The Related Press contributed to this report.