Dana's parents were Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz. When she started her acting career, she took her mother's maiden name as her professional acting name.
Diabetes cut short Dana's career in sports at the young age of 10 years old.
Her diabetes stunted her growth and contributed to her well-known child-like appearance.
In 1982, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role in "The Two of Us." She won a Young Artist Award that year for her role in "Fallen Angel."
In 1984, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role in "Cross Creek." But she won a Young Artist Award that year for her role in "Magnum, P.I."
Dana Hill: I came to the realization that I was going to have diabetes for the rest of my life-so why not face up to it!
Dana Hill: Getting up in front of people gave me a big kick. I thought that that was what acting was all about.
Dana Hill: Diabetes is a degenerative disease. If you don't take care of it, you'll waste away and die. Still, for the first four years, I didn't care if I used sugar; I did whatever I wanted to. Although I gave myself two injections of insulin everyday, I denied to myself that I was sick.