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Dana Hill (May 6, 1964 – July 15, 1996)
Dana Lynne Goetz was born in Encino, California. As a youth, she was interested in and participating in athletics and was on the verge of a promising career. At age 10, she placed third nationwide in the 880-
yard run and fourth in the mile run. A few weeks later, she collapsed on the track.
Hill was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Diabetes would affect her growth and caused her lifelong health problems.
With her athletic career over and despite her father’s objections (he worked as a director of commercials), she switched her focus to acting. Her first commercial was in 1973 alongside Boston Celtics center Dave Cowens for the YMCA. (She took on her mother’s maiden name to avoid the appearance of nepotism). Hill’s breakthrough role was in the 1981 made-for-TV movie Fallen Angel, which won her a Young Artist award. The following year, she appeared in the films Shoot the Moon and Cross Creek. In 1983 and 1984 she was on TV on The Fall Guy and Magnum P.I. and a CBS Schoolbreak Special called Welcome Home Jellybean. In 1985 she played Audrey in National Lampoon’s European Vacation.
In 1987 diabetes declined her health to the point that she began to only seek voice work, including Mighty Mouse (1987), Jetsons: The Movie (1990), Goof Troop (1992) and Duckman (1994).
In May 1996, Hill slipped into a diabetic coma. On June 5, she suffered a paralytic stroke. On July 15, 1996, she died peacefully at the age of 32.