Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Hugh Jackman’s Playing Gary Hart in a Movie About 1987 Scandal, But Guess What Donna Rice Is Doing (Running a Sketchy Charity)


Married, and popular, Senator Gary Hart was almost the Democratic candidate for President in 1988– until the press discovered he was having an affair with hot blonde model Donna Rice. Since Hart was married, that ended his presidential bid. Someone (Dukakis? Mondale? who can remember?) ran against George H W. Bush and lost.

Now Hugh Jackman will play Hart in “The Front Runner,” directed by Jason Reitman. Casting has begun for 13 major roles, but so far there’s no listing for Rice. Either Reitman has found the right girl, or Rice will be a footnote to the story. That doesn’t seem possible.

So what ever happened to Donna Rice, now 59. She and her husband, Jack Hughes, are running a not for profit called Enough Is Enough in Glen Falls, Virginia. It’s supposed to do make theĀ  internet safe for families. I checked their Form 990s for the last three years. The Hughes are the only employees of Enough is Enough. For the last three years they’ve paid themselves a total of $100,000 per year in salary. They don’t give gifts or grants. The salaries take up most of the expenses. All their other expenses are things like travel and office expenses. Two employees, no donations to other groups.

If I were their donors, I’d say, Enough is enough!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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