Dana Michelle Plato was an American actress and model. She was best known for portraying Kimberly Drummond on the popular television sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. She also worked in film, appearing in the horror film Exorcist II: The Heretic and the adventure-horror film Return to Boggy Creek. She died of an overdose in 1999, aged 34, after struggling with substance and alcohol abuse.
About Dana Plato in brief
Dana Michelle Plato was an American actress and model. She was best known for portraying Kimberly Drummond on the popular television sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. She also worked in film, appearing in the horror film Exorcist II: The Heretic and the adventure-horror film Return to Boggy Creek. In 1999, she died from an overdose of prescription drugs at the age of 34 after years of struggling with drugs and poverty. In addition to acting, she was an accomplished figure skater, and at one point she trained for a possible Olympic team spot. In 1992, she starred in the video game Night Trap, becoming one of the first celebrities to do so. She had breast implants and modeled for a Playboy pictorial in June 1989, but found it difficult to achieve success as an actress. She died of an overdose in 1999, aged 34, after struggling with substance and alcohol abuse, and dealt with legal issues, such as robbery. She is survived by her husband, Dean Plato, and their two children, who were born in 1964 and 1986. She has two step-daughters and one step-great-granddaughter, both of whom she had the same name as her mother, Dana Michelle Plato. She leaves behind a husband and a son, Dean Michael Plato, who was a trucking company owner and owner of a construction company.
She worked as a personal trainer and personal trainer, and was a member of the board of directors of the National Council of Parents for Children and the Boy Scouts of America. Her mother, Linda Strain, was an unwed teenager who was already caring for an 18-month-old child when she adopted Dana in 1965. Plato was born on November 7, 1964, in Maywood, California. She made her television acting debut on the television show The Six Million Dollar Man. She appeared in the television film Beyond the Bermuda Triangle. At age 11, she made a brief appearance on TV’s The Gong Show and was spotted by a producer who helped her secure what became her most notable acting role. Plato appeared on Family, What Really Happened to the Class of ’65?; Hello, Larry; The Facts of Life; CHiPs; and Growing Pains. Her final appearance on the show was in the Season 8 episode that aired on January 17, 1986, when Kimberly suffers from the effects of bulimia. She next starred as Jenny Warren in California Suite, which was a critical success, becoming Plato’s first and only successful feature film.