Whatever Happened To: Donna Rice, of Gary Hart's Monkey Business and Capitol Hill town house fame? The answer is that she's living in this area and treading the boards at Old Town Alexandria's American Showcase Theatre in "Largo Desolato," a play by Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel. In the production, which opened last week and runs through Nov. 11, Rice (listed as D.L. Rice on the playbill) portrays Marguerite, a young student planning to seduce her professor. Out and About

One day last week, Vice President Dan Quayle went on a four-state campaign swing and was late at every stop. Most people didn't know that he was late because of the newest member of the Quayle family: a young English setter named Chili, or Chilly, by the Quayle children because they have a black Lab named Breezy. Unimpressed by his posh surroundings that day, the 10-month-old pup took to the wilds of Massachusetts Avenue. A passing motorist picked up the friendly dog and, seeing two young girls playing in a yard a few block away, left the dog with them, where he stayed overnight. The girls are Francine Chip, 11, daughter of Indiana native Bill Chip, and Sarah Barone, 11, daughter of U.S. News political columnist Michael Barone. The Quayles were told where the dog was and the vice president and his 11-year-old daughter, Corinne, went to the Chip house to pick him up, delaying Dan Quayle's trip by more than a half-hour, but the family had the pup back ...

Actress Helen Hayes, who had a busy 90th birthday weekend here in the city where she was born, on Friday received the Smithson Medal for lifetime achievement in the arts. There were more than 600 Smithsonian Resident Associate members in the auditorium and they all seemed to have copies of her autobiography, "My Life in Three Acts." They wanted autographs, and a Smithsonian official, concerned that there were too many books for her to sign, asked Hayes timidly if she would be able to do it. Always aware of the value of fans, she quickly answered, "Of course; I autographed 1,500 a couple of days ago" ...

Directors of the Society of Professional Journalists have voted to give its First Amendment Award to Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Director Dennis Barrie for his stand on artistic freedom in the Mapplethorpe battle there. Barrie was acquitted Oct. 5 of charges of pandering obscenity for exhibiting photos by the late Robert Mapplethorpe at the museum. "When other museums were bowing to community pressure in canceling the exhibit, Dennis Barrie chose to stand firm for the artist's right to express himself, and the public's right to see that expression," SPJ President Frank Gibson said. The Society of Professional Journalists is said to be the nation's largest organization of journalists ...

Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian gymnast who made Olympic history at age 14 at the 1976 Summer Games when she became the first gymnast to score a perfect 10, says she now is happy in Canada and plans to write a book about the difficult years in her homeland. She said the late Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu made life difficult because she was more popular than he was. At a news conference yesterday in New York, where she announced she had been inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, she told reporters that Constantin Panait, who helped her escape from Romania, then held her prisoner, physically abused her and took $150,000 from her. She said, "I didn't have no romance with this man {Panait}. I didn't have nothing with this man. He physically abused me. It was bad, very bad. He beat me. I don't want to remember this" ...