Dana Plato: A Career Cut Short

By | November 6, 2021

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Dana Plato was born Dana Michelle Strain on November 7, 1964. Her mother was an unwed teenager who was already raising an 18-month-old. Plato was adopted by Dean and Florine “Kay” Plato although they divorced when Plato was three. She was raised primarily by her adoptive mother, and she grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Dana Plato got her start in show business at an early age since Kay Plato started to take her to casting calls when she was a baby. Plato was appearing in television commercials by the time she was seven, appearing in over 100 of them. At the same time, she was also training to be a figure skater with hopes of competing as part of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. In 1975, she appeared in a television movie, Beyond the Bermuda Triangle, and she had an appearance in an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. 

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Her Early Films

At the age of 13, she made her big-screen debut in an uncredited role as Dana Phalor in The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977). This was followed by The Return to Boggy Creek (1977).