Donna Rice Hughes (born January 7, 1958) is president and CEO of Enough Is Enough (EIE). In her work with Enough is Enough, Hughes has appeared on a variety of outlets as an Internet safety expert and advocate for children and families. She first became known as a key figure in a widely publicized 1987 political scandal that contributed to end the second campaign of former Senator Gary Hart for the Democratic Party nomination for President.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, she is the daughter of a highway engineer and a secretary, Donna Rice spent her childhood in Florida, Georgia (in Atlanta), and South Carolina. She began a modeling and acting career at age 13 and did her first television commercial in ninth grade for Pizza Hut. She maintained a high grade point average in high school while also attending church services and working part-time as a clothing store sales clerk. She graduated from Irmo High School, South Carolina in 1976.
Rice graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina in 1980 as a biology major, where she was both an honors student and cheerleader.
After she graduated from the university, she entered the Miss South Carolina World beauty pageant and won. She went to New York to compete nationally. Returning to South Carolina after the pageant, she decided to move to New York City to pursue an acting and modeling career. Rice later moved to Miami, where she worked as a marketing representative for pharmaceutical giant Wyeth Laboratories in South Florida. She also worked as a television commercial actress and appeared in a 1986 episode of the TV series Miami Vice, appeared in an episode of the soap opera One Life To Live and played a secretary in a movie named "The Last Plane Out"...
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