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Dana Plato

Dana Plato

Dana Michelle Plato (born Dana Michelle Strain; November 7, 1964 – May 8, 1999) was an American actress and model, who was included on a list of VH1’s "100 Greatest Kid Stars" on television.She was best known for portraying Kimberly Drummond on the television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986), for which she received two Young Artist Award nominations. Plato's other works in television include making appearances on Family, What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hello, Larry, The Facts of Life, CHiPs, and Growing Pains. She also worked in film, appearing in the horror film Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), headlining the adventure-horror film Return to Boggy Creek (1977), and starring in the comedy film California Suite (1978). Starting from the mid-1980s, Plato worked sporadically in independent films, and also did voice-over work. Throughout a personal life receiving much media coverage, Plato struggled with substance and alcohol abuse, and dealt with legal issues, such as robbery. In 1999, she died from an overdose (later ruled a suicide) of prescription drugs at the age of 34 after years of struggling with drugs and poverty.
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