After appearing on Diff'rent Strokes , Plato's career declined, though she did have roles in some independent movies. Plato was born Dana Michelle Strain on November 7, , in Maywood, California, to Linda Strain, an unwed year-old, who was already caring for an month-old. Linda Strain put her infant daughter Dana up for adoption. Her adoptive parents divorced when she was three. Kay Plato began taking Dana to auditions when she was very young. By the age of seven, Plato began doing television commercials, reportedly appearing in over spots for companies as diverse as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dole, and Atlantic Richfield.
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See it streaming now on Night Flight Plus. The main point of the movie seems to be to include footage of an actual annual race that takes place on Labor Day Weekend, the Coconut Grove Bed Race , in which teams of five members — four racers and one rider hitched to the headboard — compete against eachother on beds that are decked out. From this bloody hell arose the legend of… The Sex Puppets. A somewhat true story. I was directing a film in Miami.
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Dana Plato, who played the character of Kimberly Drummond, got into some trouble with the law after she was caught stealing from a Las Vegas video store. She took the cash and fled, but then came back to the crime scene realizing she forgot her glasses, where she was arrested. Shortly afterward, Plato was caught forging a 1, Valium prescription and was given a second five-year probation sentence. The ice skating champion had a crucial decision to make — should she give up her dream of going to the Olympics and join the cast, or should she turn down the gig that could make her worldly famous? As we know, Plato decided to go for the show.