“I was so wasted, it would take me a good five days to sober up and go to work,” Plato told the cable entertainment channel E! She had a rough time being a mother to her son Tyler, 14, who for the most part has been raised by his father, Lanny Lambert, who lives in Tulsa, and paternal grandmother, Joan Richardson.
Then she was going to host an adult-entertainment expo in Chicago.
In farewell, she gave Inman a digital photo portrait from her computer.
She had taken a couple of pills—Valium and Lortab, a powerful prescription pain reliever 10 times stronger than codeine—and lain down in the RV.
Menchaca joined her soon after, but before drifting off noticed she was cold and sweating.
last summer that at one point she was drinking almost a gallon of vodka a day.
As of last September she was still making attempts to stay sober, says Gerald Wolff, her manager from 1993 to 1998. I was hoping she was going to straighten herself out.” The same has often been said, over the years, about Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges, who played Plato’s two brothers, Arnold and Willis, adopted by her cheery father, Philip Drummond (Conrad Bain).
She posed for star Danny Bonaduce: “[Former child stars] have got a big billboard that says ‘failure.’ ” Yet, Plato occasionally pulled herself together—and somehow preserved a fundamental if odd sweetness. “Normally,” noted onetime customer Phil Harrington, “you don’t have a former TV actress picking up your pants.” Of course, beneath the gentle manner was a truly troubled soul.
Plato’s former drug counselor Ray Slaughter told E!
He covered her with a blanket and fell asleep beside her.