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That catchphrase will be immediately familiar to anyone who used to watch Diffrent Strokes, American sitcom that ran from November 1978 until May 1985. Diffrent Strokes stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two boys from a poor neighbourhood who are taken in by a rich businessman called Phillip Drummond and his daughter Kimberly. The show makes stars out of child actors Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato, but sadly, the truth of what happened to these young actors after the show ended is rather tragic. Gary Coleman was 18 years old when the show came to its conclusion, but the congenital kidney condition he suffered with meant he appear much younger, which cause difficulties in finding roles once he become adult. This meant that Coleman struggled financially later in life, and in 1989 he successfully sued his parents and business adviser over misappropriation of his assets. Coleman sadly died of epidural hematoma on 28 May 2010, aged just 42. Todd Bridges struggled with crack cocaine addiction for a number of years, and found himself in court on 2 occasions. The first was in 1988 when he was arrested and tried for the attempted murder of a drug dealer called Kenneth Clay, where he was found not guilty. The second was in 1993 when he stabbed his landlord in self defense after he was attacked With sword. The good news is that Bridges clears himself up and sorts himself out, and has appeared on a number of TV shows and films, including the sitcom Everybody Hat Chris. After leaving Diffrent Strokes, Dana Plato tried to further her acting career with mixed results, starring in make for TV films as well as some independent movies. On 7 May 1999, Plato appeared on the Howard Stern Show to discuss her financial problems, issues with the law, and struggle with alcohol and drugs, although she claimed to have been clean for a decade. Tragically, very next day she died of overdose of painkiller Lortab and muscle relaxant Soma, which was eventually ruled suicide. What are your memories of watching Diffrent Strokes? Were you aware of tragic stories behind some of young actors or was this news to you? Please do let us know with comment, and as always, be sure to share our posts with your fellow 80s kids.

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Dana Plato's death

The late actress Dana Plato, better known for her childhood role as Kimberly Drummond on NBC sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, once confessed that she lacked some necessary life skills because her overprotective mom had kept her in a plastic bubble. Dana Plato, like many other 80s Child stars, had a complicated life that was marred with drug and alcohol abuse, and that ended in tragedy with her suicide in 1999. Plato became famous at an early age when her adoptive mother, Kay Plato, started to take her on casting calls. By time she was 7, Dana had appeared in commercialsshe had done almost 100TV shows and films, while also training to be a figure skater. However, in 1977, she had to pick between her possible Olympic career and television when she landed the role of Kimberly Drummond on Diffrent Strokes. She chose the latter, and when the show debuted in 1978, Dana and her co-stars became instant sensation. In the popular 80s sitcom, Danna gives Life to the teenage daughter of Phillip Drummond, wealthy white widower played by Conrad Bain, who adopts two black boys: Willis, played by Todd Bridges, and Arnold, played by Gary Coleman. Plato, Bridges, and Coleman forge friendships that go beyond screen, but dealing with fame wasnt easy for then teenagers, and they resorted to taking drugs outside of the set. By time Dana was 15, she would show up drunk to work. And by the time she was 18, she got pregnant by her then 21-year-old boyfriend, Lanny Lambert, and was written off the show. She deliberately got pregnant while doing the series, his co-Star Conrad Bain told People. When I spoke to her about it, she was enthusiastic about having do that. He said she also told him: When I get baby, I will never be alone again. Dana, like Bridges and Coleman, struggles to find her place in Hollywood after Diffrent Strokes. To get rid of her teenage image, she got breast implants and bar it all for Playboy magazine in 1989. She also appeared in some B-rat movies and went as far as to perform in softcore-erotic drama. A year earlier, Plato had suffered a double blow in her personal life when her husband filed for divorce the same week her mother Kai passed away. Things only worsened in 1990 when, as part of their divorce proceedings, Plato lost custody of her son Tyler Edward Lambert. Dana spiral down abusing drugs and alcohol, and in 1991, at the peak of her desperation, Dana famously robs a video store in Las Vegas with a pellet gun. She take less than 200 from the cashier, who called 911 claiming: 've just been robbed by a girl who plays Kimberly on Diffrent Strokes. Dana managed to avoid jail time but was given five years of probation, which she violated by forging prescriptions for Valium in 1992. She was sent to jail for 30 days and then entered a drug rehabilitation program.

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