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Dana Plato

Virginia Drummond, Kimberley Drummond (US) in Diff'rent Strokes

Photos Dana Plato Birth name: Dana Michelle Strain
Birth date: 1964/11/07
Date of death : 1999/05/08 (35 years old)
Birth place : Maywood (USA)
Height: 1.57 m

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Biography for Dana Plato

Dana Michelle Plato was born in Maywood, California on November 7, 1964. Her first excursion into the film world occurred when she was eleven in the television film "Beyond the Bermuda Triangle". Dana never really made an impact on the TV screen until she landed the part of Kimberly Drummond in the TV hit sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" from1978-1984. After the series ended, Dana had a hard time trying to find other acting work. Sometimes she would surface in a made for TV movie or a low budget film for the silver screen. Times were rough. Her marriage to Lanny Lambert lasted a year, but produced a son. She was arrested in 1991 for robbing a video store in Las Vegas, but was placed on probation. The following year Dana was, again, arrested for forging a prescription for Valium. Things were at a low ebb. She had just finished an interview with Howard Stern, in the spring of 1999, when she and her fiancé, Robert Menchaca, were headed back to California. The interview was one in which Dana hoped to revive her stalled career. They stopped at his parents house in Moore, Oklahoma for a weekend Mother's Day visit before continuing on to California. On Saturday, May 8, 1999, Dana died of what appeared to be an accidental overdose of a painkiller called Loritab. Later, on May 21, a coroner's inquest ruled her death a suicide due to a large amount of drugs in her body and her history of past suicide attempts. She was 34 years old.

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Filmography

Title Role
Pacino Is Missing (2002) Prosecuting Attorney
Dana Plato: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000 Documentaire) Elle-mĂȘme (archives)
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1999 Documentaire documentary) Elle-mĂȘme, Memorial Tribute (archives)
Desperation Boulevard (1998) Elle-mĂȘme
The Hostage (1998) Actrice
Diff'rent Strokes: The E! True Hollywood Story (1998 Documentaire TV) Elle-mĂȘme
Different Strokes (1997) Jill Martin
Tiger (1997/II) Actrice
Blade Boxer (1997 video) Rita
The Best of Ed's Night Party (1996 video) Elle-mĂȘme
Compelling Evidence (1995) Dana Fields
Millenium Day (1995) Actrice
Bikini Beach Race (1992) J.D.
Night Trap (1992 video game) Kelli Medd
The Sounds of Silence (1992) Actrice
Prime Suspect (1989) Diana Masters
High School U.S.A. (1983 Téléfilm) Cara Ames
Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary (1982 Téléfilm) Daughter
A Step in Time (1981 Téléfilm) Actrice
Circus of the Stars #6 (1981 Téléfilm) Actrice
Circus of the Stars #5 (1980 Téléfilm) Performer
Schoolboy Father (1980 Téléfilm) Daisy Dallenger
Arnold et Willy (1978 Serie TV) Kimberly Drummond (1978-1984)
California Suite (1978) Jenny
Return to Boggy Creek (1977) Evie Jo
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Sandra Phalor (uncredited)
Beyond This Place There Be Dragons (1975 Téléfilm) Wendy
The Bionic Woman (1975 Téléfilm) Tennis Fan

Trivia

Arrested for armed robbery in 1991.

Arrested for forging a valium prescription in 1992.

Died in Moore, Oklahoma in the home of her fiance Robert Menchaca where they had visited for Mother's Day. With Lanny Lambert, Dana Plato has a son born in 1985 named Tyler Lambert who lives in Tulsa.

Was offered the role of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973)

Appeared on The Howard Stern show shortly before her suicide. Calls came in from Stern's fans to the show literally embarrassing Plato on the air. Stern also insulted her over the air.

Attended Sutter Jr. High in Winnetka, CA (1978)

Was adopted.

Birth mother's name is Linda Strain

Was fired from Diff'rent Strokes after the show's 7th season (1984), its last on NBC--it moved to ABC for its 8th & final season.

Childhood dream was to be an Olympic figure skater.

Wanted to accept the role of Regan in The Exorcist (1973) but turned it down due her adoptive mothers insistence that the content was not suitable. Linda Blair took the part and went on to become big. Dana had a role in the Exorcist sequel which turned out to be a flop.

Had breast implants done in 1994 in hopes of landing better film roles.

Won the part of Violet in the movie 'Pretty Baby', but turned it down, so she wouldn't be typecast in this type of role. Brooke Shields ended up playing the part.

Plato's older son, an aspiring actor himself, is represented by another former child actor, Johnny Whittaker.

Family

Spouse : Lanny Lambert (April 1984 - March 1990) (divorced) 1 son.

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by stals
  • Last update: 01/05/2007 by Nathaline

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