8 Things You Didn’t Know About Diff’rent Strokes
6. Casting Dana Plato
A producer for Diff’rent Strokes spotted Dana Plato when she was auditioning for The Gong Show. He decided that he didn’t want to book her for that show because he had something else in mind for her. This something else turned out to be Diff’rent Strokes. He had her audition for the role of Kimberly Drummond and she landed the part.
5. On Set Romances
While filming the show, Todd Bridges had a couple of flings. He dated his co-star Dana Plato and briefly dated his on-screen girlfriend, Janet Jackson, but it didn’t get too serious between him because he had a habit of using and abusing girls and he didn’t want to hurt her. “I backed away from her because she was such a nice person and so good to me that I just couldn’t see myself hurting her like that,” he told Oprah.