Dana Plato

  1. Brooke Shields, Pretty Baby, 1977.  The plot sickens… A prostitute allows her 12-year-old daughter’s virginity to be auctioned off in a brothel in the red-light Storyville district of New Orleans, circa 1917. Elegant French director Louis Malle saw 29hopefuls and/or instant (parental) refusals for pretty little Violet. From Laura Dern aged 10 and future Sex And The City co-stars Cynthia Nixon, at 11, Sarah Jessica Parker, 12 (like Shields) and (the often too buxom) teenagers Plato (Mom said no), Melissa Sue Anderson, Rosanna Arquette, Linda Blair, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Mariel Hemingway, Helen Hunt, Anissa Jones (who tragically ODed at 18 before her audition), Diane Lane, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kristy McNichol, Tatum O’Neal (Dad said no), Dana Plato (Mom said no), Michelle Pfeiffer, Ally Sheedy, Meg Tilly, Charlene Tilton (pre-Dallas)… to seven twentysomethings. However, no make-up and soft lenses could make 12-year-olds out of Isabelle Adjani, Bo Derek, Carrie Fisher, Melanie Griffith, Amy Irving, Mary Steenburgen or Debra Winger. Plato’se mother had refused for her to be Regan in The Exorcist in  1973.   
  2. Brooke Shields, The Blue Lagoon, 1979.   And a third time… As the infamous Goldfinger  put it: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action!” Dana tested A for  the shipwrecked and nude Emmeline – but her hit TV show got in the way. In fact, poor Dana  never recovered from being typed from Diff’rent Strokes, TV, 1978-1984   – and committed suicide at age 34.


 Birth year: 1964Death year: 1999Other name: Casting Calls:  2