Tawny was arrested in Newport Beach, and charged with domestic abuse and battery on April 1, 2002, for attacking her then-husband, Chuck Finley, while the two were driving home. Tawny reportedly kicked Finley several times with her stiletto high heeled-boots, and severely twisted his ear, leaving visible marks. Finley filed for a divorce three days later. She took a plea bargain, and Finley was granted a temporary restraining order against her, and temporary custody of their children. Her plea bargain included counseling for substance abuse, anger management, and conflict resolution. She also made a $500 donation to a battered-women's shelter in exchange for the dismissal of two misdemeanor counts of spousal abuse.
Tawny suffers from severe depression, and is also dyslexic.
Tawny was arrested for keying a car in Newport Beach in December of 2001.
Tawny married ex-California Angels pitcher Chuck Finley on November 20, 1997. The couple have two daughters together; Wynter, born on March 18, 1993, and Raine, born on June 1, 1998.
In 2006, Tawny made quite a stir when appearing on the VH-1 reality show The Surreal Life. She swam nude in the house swimming pool, was verbally abusive to former Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, and virtually melted down on a phone call with her assistant when she was told that her fiance was sleeping with her manager.
Tawny has dated: Tommy Lee, O.J. Simpson, Jerry Seinfeld, John Stewart, and Chuck Finley.
Tawny and David divorced in 1991, she retained part of the publishing rights to his music, sold him her royalties for a million dollars, and was compensated with alimony.
Tawny became associated with the "hair metal" scene that was popular in the '80's, and after working with the metal band Whitesnake, she married the frontman, David Coverdale in 1989. She may be most well known for appearing in the videos for Whitesnake's songs "Here I Go Again," "Is This Love," "Fool For Your Loving," and "Deeper The Love."
Tawny's first break into show business came at age fifteen, when she started to model for magazine layouts, mostly blue jeans.
Though "Julie" was her birth name, "Tawny" is not just a stage name. She started calling herself "Tawny" when she was twelve years old and the name stuck for life.
On November 22, 2006, Tawny was arrested and charged with possession of 15 grams of cocaine at her Laguna Nigel, CA apartment. In December of the same year, she agreed to undergo a six-month rehabilitation program in exchange for the State dropping all charges.
Tawny appeared on the cover of Ratt's Out Of The Cellar debut album.