Dana Hill was born Dana Lynne Goetz on May 6, 1964, in a suburb of Los Angeles to parents Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz. Although diabetes ended a promising future in athletics when she was just 10 years old, Dana gamely threw herself into acting when still in her early teen years, taking her mother's maiden name as her professional acting name.
She found success early on with her performances in both Fallen Angel (1981) and Shoot the Moon (1982), winning high praise from critics. For her stage work, Hill won the 1986 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award as Best Featured Actress for her performance in "Picnic". However, complications from her diabetes set in and the consequent decline in her health meant that from the mid-1980s on, Dana increasingly turned to voice-over roles in animated movies and television programs such as Jetsons: The Movie (1990), Goof Troop (1992) and Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1994).
In early 1996, Dana's health grew increasingly fragile as was evident to her friends and co-stars. Late that May, she slipped into a diabetic coma. On June 5, she suffered a paralytic stroke and on July 15, she died peacefully in the hospital at the age of 32 years, bringing an untimely end to a career that in less than two decades had spanned the big and small screen, animation and the theatre.
- Dana Hill (I) at the Internet Movie Database