Shortly thereafter, some friends encouraged me to try out for the Miss South Carolina World beauty pageant. To my surprise, I won - and was sent to New York City to compete nationally.

— Donna Rice Hughes

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Although I'd first seen Senator Hart in Aspen, Colorado, at a New Year's Day party in 1987, we hadn't talked.

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Before the boat docked, however, he confessed because he was contemplating running for president, he couldn't separate from his wife. I believed him when he told me he faced a difficult choice between pursuing personal happiness and his political destiny.

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Returning to South Carolina meant getting a normal job in a normal town with normal people and marrying a normal person. I wanted the glamour and opportunity of the world.

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In my case, I learned that although God loves us, he doesn't grant us immunity from the consequences of our choices.

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Since it was too difficult to get into the Screen Actor's Guild in New York, I moved to Miami in 1982 and started a successful career as a television commercial actress, obtaining my SAG card there.

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Before the group left, Gary asked for my phone number, and the next day he called to ask me to dinner that night. I had no idea he was married, but I found out that night.

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But even after the first week, when Hart got out of the presidential race because of the Washington Post's threat to reveal a long-term relationship Hart had apparently been having with a prominent Washington woman, the media continued to embellish my past.

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At thirteen I began modeling, doing my first television commercial in ninth grade for Pizza Hut.

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Because pornography is a tool of Satan that exploits and distorts our God-given sexuality, women - especially Christian women - need to understand the increasing threat of online pornography.

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It was hard to turn down the money since I didn't have a job, but I didn't want to exploit my notoriety because I knew the way I'd been living was wrong.

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I was always an overachiever.

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I'm stronger knowing that while Donna Rice could be sold, she could not be bought.

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About Donna Rice Hughes

Quotes 20 sayings
Birthday January 7, 1958

Parents are the weak link in the chain when it comes to protecting their children.

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After graduating in the summer of 1980, I knew I wanted my life to count.

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I've had to recover not only from a single well-publicized incident, but several years of press aftermath.

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So on May 1, 1987, at Gary's invitation, I agreed to see him one last time - to confront him face-to-face about his sincerity and with the intention of ending our brief relationship.

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If pornographers can hook adolescents when their hormones are raging, they know they'll have an ongoing consumer base for life.

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I had gained so much confidence through my college achievements that I wanted to tackle the world.

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I stared at the television in shock, watching as my private life was revealed to the world.

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