Dana Michelle Plato was born in Maywood, California, on Saturday 7 November 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" (1978) 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 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.IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson
|Lanny Lambert||(21 April 1984 - March 1990) (divorced) 1 child|
Arrested for armed robbery in 1991.
Arrested for forging a valium prescription in 1992.
Attended Sutter Jr. High in Winnetka, CA (1978).
Birth mother's name is Linda Strain.
Was fired from "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978) at the end of the 1983-1984 season due to her pregnancy. The producers were unwilling to write the pregnancy into the show, but she was able to return for guest appearances after her son was born.
Childhood dream was to be an Olympic figure skater.
Had breast implants done in 1994 in hopes of landing better film roles.
Had an acting role in the Sega CD game "Night Trap."
Was number 91 on vh1's "The Greatest: 100 Greatest Kid Stars" (2005).
Auditioned for the role of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973).
Tested for the role of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars (1977).
Has a younger sister, Heidi Plato.
Mother of Tyler Lambert. Lambert committed suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on May 6, 2010, two days before the 11th anniversary of his mother's death.
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