Dana Plato

Dana Plato

Highest Rated: 54% California Suite (1978)

Lowest Rated: 54% California Suite (1978)

Birthday: Nov 07, 1964

Birthplace: Maywood, California, USA

Haunted by her image as the perfect television sitcom daughter, Dana Plato saw her once promising career devolve into B-grade-turned-blue movies as she endured numerous run-ins with the law before succumbing to a drug overdose at the young age of 34 as she was reportedly on the verge of a would-be comeback. The beautiful, girl-next-door Plato traveled the all-too-familiar path of a child star, becoming a minor journeyman child star in sundry 1970s TV projects and ads before winning her ostensible breakthrough role of the preppy Park Avenue older sister to two adopted African-American boys on one of the signature programs of the 1970s and early 1980s, "Diff'rent Strokes" (NBC/ABC, 1978-1986). But the weight of her early fame and glaring lack of prospects in its wake would lead to a roller-coaster arc of alcohol and drug abuse, the nadir of which she would reach with her infamous robbery of a Las Vegas video store while wielding a pellet gun. Beset by further bouts with the law and rehab, she nevertheless managed to marginally resume her career in low-rent thrillers and sci-fi films, acceding to increasingly and exploitatively risqué fare, which culminated with a soft-core porn outing in which she famously did same-sex love scenes. Mere days after a notorious appearance on Howard Stern's radio show in May 1999 - in which she dubiously claimed to be 10-years sober - Plato died in her RV trailer in rural Oklahoma, with authorities later attributing the death to a suicidal drug overdose. The onetime promising and vibrant actress' death would only serve to cement a growing urban legend of an existing curse on the cast of "Diff'rent Strokes," which saw all three child actors suffer tragic falls from grace.

Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 59% Tiger Andrea Baker (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperation Boulevard Self - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Different Strokes Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Compelling Evidence Dana Fields (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sex Puppets J.D. (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Distortions Deborah Nichols (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prime Suspect Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 39% High School U.S.A. Cara Ames (Character) - 1983
54% 45% California Suite Jenny (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 5% Return to Boggy Creek Evie Jo (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Bermuda Triangle Wendy (Character) - 1975

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Kimberly Drummond (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1978-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Growing Pains Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Facts of Life Kimberly Drummond (Guest Star) 1979

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