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I had gained so much confidence through my college achievements that I wanted to tackle the world. Donna Rice#Achievements 69
Donna Rice#Achievements 69
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#Beauty 68
Donna Rice#Beauty 68
After graduating in the summer of 1980, I knew I wanted my life to count. Donna Rice#Count 67
Donna Rice#Count 67
At thirteen I began modeling, doing my first television commercial in ninth grade for Pizza Hut. Donna Rice#Commercial 57
Donna Rice#Commercial 57
A month after the scandal broke, I tried to go back to work at the pharmaceutical company after a leave of absence. But because of all the publicity and resulting pressure and stress, I finally resigned. Donna Rice#Absence 56
Donna Rice#Absence 56
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. Donna Rice#Carolina 47
Donna Rice#Carolina 47
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. Donna Rice#Ask 45
Donna Rice#Ask 45
I also had to work through the violation of my date rape, my unhealthy relationships with men, my anger toward the people involved in the scandal, and those who exploited me afterwards. Donna Rice#Anger 34
Donna Rice#Anger 34
I was always an overachiever. Donna Rice#Overachiever 26
Donna Rice#Overachiever 26
I stared at the television in shock, watching as my private life was revealed to the world. Donna Rice#Life 12
Donna Rice#Life 12
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