34 (passed away May. 8th, 1999)
Nov. 7th, 1964
Maywood, California, USA
Dana Plato's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2002 - The Kid Stays in the Picture
1995 - Compelling Evidence
1978 - California Suite
1977 - Exorcist II: The Heretic
Guest TV Roles
Mary Beth Sanders
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 (1975) (TV). 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" from 1978-1984. 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 fiancÚ, 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.
- Died in Moore, Oklahoma, in the home of her fiancÚ 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.
- Tested for the role of Princess Leia Organa in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).
- Attended Sutter Jr. High in Winnetka, CA (1978).
- Arrested for armed robbery in 1991.
- Had an acting role in the Sega CD game "Night Trap."
- Had breast implants done in 1994 in hopes of landing better film roles.
- Birth mother's name is Linda Strain.
- Childhood dream was to be an Olympic figure skater.
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