Tonya Harding was a surprise guest — and star –at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards after the one-time disgraced U.S. figure skater was recognized and thanked by Allison Janey, who won a supporting actress award for “I, Tonya.”
Janney portrays Harding’s abusive mother, LaVona Golden, in “I, Tonya,” a black comedy that follows the life and career of the skater, with particular focus on her connection to the infamous 1994 attack on her rival and Olympic teammate Nancy Kerrigan.
Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie at a Los Angeles Premiere of “I, Tonya” in December. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for NEON)
Harding, seated at the Golden Globes with Margot Robbie, who plays her in the film, choked backed tears as Janney thanked her for sharing her story for the film, which is told in a mock-documentary style, Variety reported.
“What this movie did is tell a story about class in America, tell a story about the disenfranchised, tell the story about a woman who was not embraced for her individuality, tell a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media and truths we all tell ourselves,” Janney said. “It’s an extraordinary movie, and I’m so proud of it.”
People magazine reported that Harding made the rounds at the after parties, and was very much the belle of the ball. She also met up with Tommy Wiseau, another notorious real-person subject of one of the night’s winning films. Wiseau was the inspiration for James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist.”
Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during a training session during the 1994 Winter Olympics. (VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
But if Harding is back in the news, it’s natural to wonder what she has been up to since 1994, when she became involved, knowingly or not, in one of the biggest scandals in sports history.
For the attack on Kerrigan, Harding copped to “hindering prosecution,” a charge that came with three years probation and a $160,000 fine.
“I, Tonya” presents Harding as having had no prior knowledge of the attack, in which a man clubbed Kerrigan on the right knee outside a practice session in Detroit so she wouldn’t be able to compete at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
The attack didn’t keep Kerrigan out of the Olympics, and authorities quickly learned that it was planned by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt; it was carried out by two men, …
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