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Tom Cruise and Other Celebrity Scientologists
Scientology is, for the most part, shadowed in mystery. Much about the religion is not known, and any information that has been made public knowledge has come from deserters of the religion. Some call it a cult. Others call it a 'rich man's club.' Even more call it brainwashing. But many find solace in it's teachings and support the religion fervently.
Most of us have heard the stories about Tom Cruise and his religious preference. He went on the Today Show and attacked Matt Lauer for being 'glib' about the merits of psychotherapy. He got into a war of the words with Brooke Shields over post-partum depression. There were unconfirmed news stories that, when Cruise's wife Katie Holmes was giving birth to their daughter Suri, the delivery was a silent birth in accordance with the teachings of Scientology. Allegedly, flash cards and posters were used for directions and encouragement instead of spoken words.
Along with John Travolta, Cruise is probably the most visible of all celebrity Scientologists, though there are plenty others. There are an estimated eight million people who consider themselves followers of Scientology all over the globe.
Here is a list of current and former members of Scientology who also happen to be famous.
Note: This is not an attempt to boycott, ridicule or otherwise damage anyone's reputation. It is simply a list of public people participating in a specific religion. All information is drawn from public sources.
- Ron Howard - Actor turned director.
- Kirstie Alley - Joined Scientology years ago and credits the religion with helping her rid herself of her cocaine addiction.
- Catherine Bell - Former J.A.G. and Military Wives actress.
- Nancy Cartwright - Bart Simpson's voice actor.
- Jenna Elfman - Actress best known for her role as Dharma on Dharma and Greg.
- Peaches Geldolf - Model. Daughter of Bob Geldolf.
- Jason Lee - Earl from My Name is Earl.
- Juliette Lewis - Actress also used Scientology to treat a drug addiction.
- Bijou Phillips - Actor, daughter of The Mamas and the Paps singer John Phillips.
- Giovanni Ribisi - Actor who appeared in Avatar. His sister Marissa is also a Scientologist.
- Billy Sheehan - Bass player who has worked with David Lee Roth and Mr. Big.
- Greta Van Susteren - FOX News host.
- Chick Corea - Jazz pianist.
- Edgar Winter - Legendary 1970s musician.
- Brandy Norwood - Musician and actress known as Brandy.
- Priscilla Presley - Actress and former wife of Elvis Presley.
- Lisa Marie Presley - Singer and daughter of Elvis, has reportedly left the religion.
- Rob Thomas - Singer best known for Matchbox Twenty.
- Beck Hansen - Singer best known as simply Beck was also raised in the religion.
- Laura Prepon - Actress from That 70's Show.
- Leah Rimini - Actress best known for King of Queens.
- Elisabeth Moss - Actress from Mad Men.
- Sonny Bono - Actor/politician was Roman Catholic, but converted for his wife.
- Isaac Hayes - Soul singer left the cast of South Park when it attacked the church.
- Danny Masterson - Actor from That 70's Show.
- Erika Christensen - Actress, was raised in the church.
- William S Burroughs - Writer and novelist.
- Neil Gaiman - English author and screenplay writer.
- Leonard Cohen - Musician and writer.
- Mimi Rogers - Actress and former wife of Tom Cruise. She reportedly introduced him to Scientology.
- Demi Moore - Actress who is now into Kabalah.
- Jerry Seinfeld - Actor and comedian.
- Patrick Swayze - Actor best known for Dirty Dancing.
- Nicole Kidman - Actress and former wife of Tom Cruise.
- Mimi Rogers - Actress and former wife of Tom Cruise. She has since left the church.