Dana Plato Biography (1964-1999)

Born November 7, 1964, in Maywood, CA; married Lanny Lambert, 1984 (divorced); children: Tyler. Career: Actress. Appeared in television commercialsfor Kentucky Fried Chicken, Arco, Hallmark, and Dole. Also worked at a dry cleaning shop.

Birth Details
November 7, 1964
Maywood, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Kimberly Drummond, Diff'rent Strokes (also known as 45 Minutesfrom Harlem), NBC, 1978-84
  • Movies
  • Wendy, Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (also known as Beyond This Place There Be Dragons), NBC, 1975
  • Cara Ames, High School U.S.A., NBC, 1983
  • Specials
  • Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1980
  • Daisy Salinger, "Schoolboy Father" (also known as "He's My Baby Now"), ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1980
  • Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1981
  • Daughter, Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary, CBS,1982
  • Celebrity Daredevils, ABC, 1983
  • Also performed songs in an Easter Seals telethon.
  • Episodic
  • Debbie, Family, ABC, 1976
  • Mary Beth Sanders, Family, ABC, 1976
  • Herself, "CHiPs Goes Roller Disco," CHiPs, NBC, 1979
  • "The Thanksgiving Story," Hello, Larry, NBC, 1979
  • Darla, "The Case of the Vanishing Nurse," CHiPs, NBC, 1980
  • "Letting Go," Family, ABC, 1980
  • "Baby Sister," The Love Boat, ABC, 1984
  • Lisa, "Mike's Madonna Story," Growing Pains, ABC, 1985
  • "Love and the Perfect Wedding," The New Love, American Style, ABC,1985
  • "Happy Birthday, Drummond," Diff'rent Strokes (also known as 45Minutes from Harlem), NBC, 1985
  • Entertainment Tonight, syndicated, 1989
  • The Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated, 1989
  • "Dana's Playboy Layout," A Current Affair, syndicated, 1989
  • "Former Child Stars," Sally Jesse Raphael, syndicated, 1989
  • Also appeared in The Gong Show, NBC and syndicated; and The SixMillion Dollar Man, ABC.
  • Film Appearances
  • (Uncredited) Sandra, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Warner Bros., 1977
  • Return to Boggy Creek, 777 Distributors, 1978
  • Jenny, California Suite (also known as Neil Simon's CaliforniaSuite), Columbia, 1978
  • Diana Masters, Prime Suspect (also known as Trauma), Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1988
  • The Sounds of Silence, 1992
  • J. D., Bikini Beach Race (also known as The Sex Puppets), 1992
  • Dana Fields, Compelling Evidence, 1995
  • Silent Fury, 1997
  • J, Different Strokes (also known as Jack and Jill and Jack and Jill.and Jill), Coastline Films, 1997
  • Rita, Blade Boxer, Howard Boyet, 1997
  • Also appeared as a pair of twins in Sweet Sixteen and Never Been Killed.
  • Video Games
  • Kelli Medd, Night Trap, Sega Entertainment, 1992

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, March 25, 1991, pp. 34-37.*

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