Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Tom The Scientologist:

Cruise is arguably Hollywood's most outspoken member of the controversial Church of Scientology. He joined in 1986, while married to Mimi Rogers. In March 2004, Cruise fired his publicist of 14 years, Pat Kingsley, prompting speculation that the rift occurred over Cruise's very public promotion of Scientology. Kingsley wanted Cruise to concentrate on his films. However, she said it was an "amicable parting." Cruise's current publicist is his sister,Lee Anne De Vette, who is a Scientologist. Cruise's fiancée, Katie Holmes, recently has begun studying Scientology, which Cruise says does not conflict with her Roman Catholicism parental religion. Cruise himself says that Scientology has helped him overcome his problems, especially his dyslexia. He said as a result of joining Scientology "I realized I could absolutely learn anything that I wanted to learn," and says it has improved his communication. During the filming of War of the Worlds, Cruise said he was "honored" to have "volunteer Scientology ministers on the set."


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