Growing Pains: The Trials and Tribulations of 1980s TV Child Stars

Tyler Lambert once aspired to follow his famous mother, "Diff'rent Strokes" actress Dana Plato, into show business. Instead, like her, he took a detour into drugs and eventual suicide. Johnny Whitaker, Plato's former manager and a friend of the family, told he once tried to intervene in Lambert's drug use. "I did say, 'You know your mother had a problem, which means you may have a problem because it is a family disease,'" said Whitaker, a former child actor who played Jody on...Full Story
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