By James Raia
Some home buyers are interested in celebrity homes with dubious histories while others stay away. It’s likely the same with potential motorhome buyers. Would you consider buying a used Winnebago in which a former actress died?
The family of Dana Plato, who played Kimberly Drummond on the 1980s television show Diff’rent Strokes, is selling the 37-foot Winnebago (VIN 1gbkp37w6g3328746) in which the actress spent the last four months of her life. She committed suicide in the motorhome via a drug overdose in 1999.
Since Plato’s death, the Winnebago Chieftain (mid-1980s) has remained unused. It’s clean, in fair condition, and has faded paint. It runs and drives well but still has its original tires, hoses and belts. The interior needs a major overall.
The mileage is listed 46,000 and it has a beige exterior and tan interior. It also includes the actresses’ furniture, appliances and fixtures. It’s located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is not being advertised online. It just has a For Sale sign on a window, according to several automotive websites.
In addition to her most famous role, Plato appeared in episodes on many television programs. She was also featured in more than a dozen movies, including some soft pornography roles.
Plato, who died at age 34, had a son, Tyler, with her former husband, rock guitarist Lanny Lambert. Eleven years after Plato died, her son also committed suicide in the at age 25.
James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: email@example.com.