Donna Rice may be just about ready to tell her story. According to her representative Tricia Erickson, of the Erickson Agency here, Rice never wanted to go for money. Erickson said yesterday that Rice "realizes she needs to talk to America and she will. I'm looking for the best forum for her to speak through." Erickson said it might be in a magazine, a book or a national interview show. "I'm going to protect her through this crisis period and make sure she's not exploited," Erickson said, adding that Rice is out of money and has gone back to her old job with Wyeth Laboratories ...

But the Miami friend of former presidential candidate Gary Hart has already told a partial story in the latest issue of Life magazine. As she has said so many times, she says again: "I'm not a party girl." In the article, which includes a sexy photograph of Rice receiving a relaxing massage, she adds that since being romantically linked with Hart on that frolic to Bimini and here in Washington, "I feel like a hunted animal. I averaged less than four hours' sleep a night and have been under a great deal of stress. I have very bad mood swings. I'll be fine and then just start crying hysterically."

In the article, the 29-year-old part-time actress does not discuss her relationship with Hart except to say, "I respect his political views and hold him in high regard." She says she never dated Don Johnson of "Miami Vice" or race car driver Danny Sullivan, although she did have a blind date once with Monaco's Prince Albert. Rice probably isn't a friend anymore of Lynn Armandt, the other woman on the two famous weekends. Armandt reportedly sold the explosive "Monkey Business" photographs to the National Enquirer and also talked with People magazine, saying Rice did spend the entire night at Hart's house. Of the Bimini overnight, Armandt says Rice was not specific, but "it was absolutely clear that she had slept with Gary. She's not one to detail {her sex life}, but she said she had a wonderful time with him ... that he was very gentle and romantic. She said she really liked him and thought the feelings were mutual" ...

And the Hart story seems to be endless. The Colorado Democrat has submitted the outline for his book "Stepping Stones Across an Era: The Unfinished Story of a Generation" to several New York publishers. The New York Times reported yesterday that in the outline, Hart says he set up a clandestine meeting with Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 1975 to talk about the assassination of President Kennedy, but the meeting was "foiled by the FBI." Glaringly absent in the outline was any mention of Donna Rice. Out and About

Catherine Deneuve, the internationally renowned French actress, was in town this weekend for the American Film Institute's fourth annual European Community Film Festival. She showed up for a press conference Friday, but AFI President Charlton Heston said she wouldn't be talking. Heston asked her to stand, and the nearly 70 reporters and photographers in the room applauded and were too awestruck to ask any questions. The 44-year-old actress did give a seminar on action Saturday after an AFI showing of "The Last Metro," a movie in which she starred, and answered questions from the sold-out audience ...

Singer Michael Jackson has dropped out of the Jehovah's Witnesses and under the rules of the sect must now be shunned by family members and friends who are still members. An official of the religious group would give no reason for Jackson's leaving ...

And just to show that Donna Rice isn't the only person people are interested in, the Iran-contra scandal apparently will be making some money for retired Air Force major general Richard Secord. U.S. News & World Report says Secord, relatively unknown until recently, has signed with an agent and already has a dozen speeches lined up at $15,000 each ...