Tina Yothers

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Tina Yothers
BornKristina Louise Yothers
(1973-05-05) May 5, 1973 (age 41)
Whittier, California, USA
Years active1981–1995
Spouse(s)Robert Kaiser (m. 2002)
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Tina Yothers
BornKristina Louise Yothers
(1973-05-05) May 5, 1973 (age 41)
Whittier, California, USA
Years active1981–1995
Spouse(s)Robert Kaiser (m. 2002)

Kristina Louise "Tina" Yothers (born May 5, 1973)[1] is an American actress and singer. Beginning a career as a child actor at the age of three, she is best known for her role as Jennifer Keaton on the hit NBC series Family Ties, as well as for her roles in numerous television films throughout the 1980s and early 1990s including The Cherokee Trail, Crash Course, and Spunk: The Tonya Harding Story among others.

Early life[edit]

Yothers was born in Whittier, California, but spent half of the year in Flint, Michigan.[clarification needed] Her father, Robert Yothers, was a television producer. She has three brothers, Jeffrey, Randy (Poindexter, who was in Return from Witch Mountain was born on 25 July 1966 in Los Angeles) and Cory, who all acted in commercials as children. Her brother, Cory (born in 1972) appeared in numerous films and television shows throughout the early 1980s, often credited as "Bumper" Yothers.


Yothers began her acting career in television advertisements at age three. Her first cinema role was in the 1981 television movie The Cherokee Trail. She also appeared in the 1982 feature film Shoot the Moon. Her most famous role was as Jennifer Keaton, the younger daughter in the television comedy Family Ties from 1982 to 1989. She also competed in the Battle of the Network Stars in December 1988. When Family Ties ended, Yothers abandoned her blonde hair color and has since worn it black.

She wrote the book Being Your Best: Tina Yothers's Guide for Girls and formed the band Jaded with her brother Cory. She provided the lead vocals while Cory played keyboard. In 1998, Jaded released their self-titled CD, which was co-written by Cory Yothers, Michael Anderson, Tina Yothers & Jaded and performed by Tina Yothers (lead vocals), Michael Anderson (guitars/vocals), Jerry France (guitars/vocals), Larry Rosales (drums), and Mike Wilson (bass). Additional musicians were Phil Jordan from the Orange County band No Doubt on Trumpet, and a DJ, name unknown. Previously, Yothers sang a cover of The Raes song "Baby I'm Back In Love Again", which she would later record as a single, in a Family Ties episode "Band on the Run" (original tx: Feb 26, 1987).

After a nine year absence from acting, Yothers was given the lead role in Lovelace the Musical, a 2004 stage show based on the life of former pornographic movie star Linda Lovelace. She followed that up with a stint as a stock player in the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theater in Boca Raton, Florida from 2005 to 2007.

Yothers appeared on the fourth season of the VH1 reality television show Celebrity Fit Club, which began on August 6, 2006. After Yothers's second pregnancy, she appeared on Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp to try get back to her post-Fit Club weight. On January 17, 2012 she was featured on the ABC show Celebrity Wife Swap, where she traded places with Niecy Nash of Reno 911!.

In February 2013, Yothers appeared on an episode of the TLC series What Not To Wear.

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Yothers married an electrician, Robert Kaiser, who had a daughter from a previous marriage. Yothers has two children, daughter Lillian Grace 'Lilly', born October 2005, and a son, Robert Jake born September 24, 2007. The family resides in Ontario, California.



1982Shoot the MoonMolly Dunlap


1981The Cherokee TrailPeggy BreydonTelevision movie
1981The Wonderful World of DisneyPeg Breydon1 episode
1982Father MurphyBeatrice1 episode
1982–1989Family TiesJennifer Keaton176 episodes
1983Your Place... or MineTelevision movie
1984Domestic LifeSally Dwyer2 episodes
1985Family Ties VacationJennifer KeatonTelevision movie
1988Crash CourseAlice SantiniTelevision movie
1988Mickey's 60th BirthdayJennifer KeatonTelevision special
1990Laker GirlsTracyTelevision movie
1990Family Double DareHerselfCelebrity contestant
1993Spunk: The Tonya Harding StoryTonya HardingTelevision movie
1995A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous JokesterClaire HowardTelevision movie
1996Married... with ChildrenHerself"Kelly's Gotta Habit"
2006Celebrity Fit ClubHerselfReality Television
2012Celebrity Wife SwapHerselfReality Television
2013What Not to WearHerselfReality Television

Awards & nominations[edit]

1983Young Artist AwardNominatedBest Young Actress in a New Television SeriesFamily Ties
1984Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series
1985WonBest Young Supporting Actress in a Television Comedy Series
1989NominatedBest Young Actress - Starring in a Television Comedy Series


  1. ^ "Tina Yothers Biography (1973-)". filmreference.com. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 

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