Her career dwindled and following some personal disasters she fell into drug addiction.
Celebrity Dana Michelle Strain was created on November 7, 1964, in Maywood, California. From the age of 7, Dana was appearing in television advertisements and movies, along with training to be a figure skater.
In 1977, when Dana was 13, she faced a crucial crossroads: either compete to get a position on the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating team, or star in a new TV sitcom. She picked the latter, and got her big break in Hollywood playing Kimberly Drummond on the NBC sitcom Diff’rent Strokes. The situation comedy – which also starred Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Charlotte Rae – established Plato and her castmates to immediate stardom. To contend with all the pressures of their newly found celebrity, Plato and her young costars started living a hedonistic lifestyle offset, gratifying in marijuana and cocaine after hours.
After Plato found she was pregnant in 1984, the network determined the performer no longer fit their wholesome persona. She was released from her contract after that year. Plato wed the father of her kid, rocker Lanny Lambert, in April of this year.
Following the arrival of her son, Tyler, Plato had a difficult time building a profession that divided her from her Diff’rent Strokes picture. She appeared in B movies and game titles, finally agreeing to star in adult films for fast cash. Life took a turn for the worse in 1988, when her mom died the exact same week that she and her husband split up. In another huge strike, Lambert got legal custody of the son, mentioning Plato’s dependence to drugs and booze.
In a last ditch effort to revive her career, Plato hired a brand new accountant to handle her money and had breast augmentation surgery. She revealed her new, mature picture in a 1989 Playboy photo shoot, but no huge Hollywood offers arrived as a direct result the magazine spread. Rather, in accordance with Plato, her accountant embezzled the bulk of her savings and fled the state, leaving the star with little cash with no job leads.
Broke and addicted to prescription drugs, Plato spiraled out of control. She went to Vegas, expecting to improve her career, but could just find retail and service sector occupations. In 1991, in the peak of her despair, she held up an area video shop with a pellet gun, catching less than $200 from the register. She was nabbed by cops just minutes after, and was bailed from prison by Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton. She was let off simple, facing no jail time and just five years of probation. Plato broken the conditions of her probation, but, by forging prescriptions for Valium. The judge sentenced Plato to 30 days in jail, followed with a drug rehab program.
She was discovered dead in her RV, which she shared with fiancee Robert Menchaca, throughout a visit with family in Oklahoma. Her death was later ruled a suicide. The 25-year old was said to have been experimenting with drugs and booze during the time of his passing.