Dana Michelle Plato
(November 1, 1963 – May 8, 1999) was an American actress notable for playing the role of Kimberly Drummond in the U.S. television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. Plato's career declined after her departure from the show, with appearances in low-budget films, including softcore pornography. She had longstanding personal problems and died from an overdose of prescription medication on May 8, 1999.
Plato was born on November 7, 1964, in Maywood, California to Linda Strain, an unwed 16-year-old, who was already caring for an 18-month-old. Strain put her infant daughter Dana up for adoption and Dean and Florine "Kay" Plato adopted the child in June 1965, raising her in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.