Steven Tyler and Cyrinda Foxe were married on September 1, 1978. Cyrinda resembled Marilyn Monroe and was an ex-Warhol model. She was the former wife of New York Dolls’ lead singer David Johansen.
Cyrinda Foxe was born Kathleen Hetzekian on February 22, 1952 in Santa Momica. She had stated that she grew up in an abusive household and left home before she graduated from high school. She lived for a while in Texas before settling in New York City. Kathleen changed her name to Cyrinda Foxe and became part of the New York nightlife crowd in the 1970s at famed nightclub Max’s Kansas City. She also became an actress; her best known role was in Andy Warhol’s movie Bad (1977).
While she was making a name for herself as an actress, Cyrinda had an affair with David Bowie, became pregnant with his child, and had an abortion. Cyrinda grew up idolizing the Rolling Stones and she eventually became involved with the New York Dolls, a glam-rock band often compared to the Stones.
In 1977, Cyrinda married David Johansen, frontman for the New York Dolls. At the time, the New York Dolls had the same management as Aerosmith, and while Cyrinda was involved with David, she met Aerosmith‘s lead singer Steven Tyler. After less than a year of marriage to David, Cyrinda left David for Steven. Cyrinda and Steven married and had a daughter, Mia Tyler, but the marriage was troubled by drug addiction, extramarital affairs, and physical and emotional abuse.
Cyrinda and Steven divorced in September 1987, shortly before Aerosmith made a comeback. In 1997, Cyrinda’s published a tell-all memoir titled, “Dream On” with Danny Fields. The book received conflicting reaction (mostly negative) from Aerosmith fans. Not long after the book was released, Cyrinda announced that the paperback edition of “Dream On” would include nude photos of Steven. But in 1999, Steven won a lawsuit against Cyrinda to prevent her from publishing the nude pictures. In 2000, Cyrinda launched a web site in which she was selling nude pictures of Steven, but by the end of the year, the site was shut down for undisclosed reasons.
In 2001, Cyrinda had a stroke that left her partially paralyzed. She subsequently died from a brain tumor on September 7, 2002.