“We are heartbroken and saddened to announce our mother’s death,” Wynter and Raine said in a statement to TMZ. “We want to thank all of you, her fans and friends, for always showing her such love and support.
Every day, you gave her life. We miss and love her, and we know her legacy will live on in perpetuity.”
Kitaen appeared in several music videos from the 1980s, including Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love,” as well as Ratt’s “Back for More.” Her film credits include 1984’s Bachelor Party (co-starring Tom Hanks), the French cult classic The Perils of Gwendoline, and the 2014 film After Midnight.
Kitaen was best known for her roles as Lisa DiNapoli on Santa Barbara and Mona Loveland on The New WKRP in Cincinnati. She also played Jerry’s girlfriend, Isabel, in the Seinfeld episode “The Nose Job.”
Later in life, she dabbled in reality television. She appeared on Season 6 of The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, where she sought treatment for her painkiller and cocaine addiction.
She also got her start in television before moving on to film, appearing on the game show To Tell the Truth in 1976. She was a panelist on The New Hollywood Squares in 1987 and a hostess on America’s Funniest People five years later.