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Gawker: List of every celebrity linked to Scientology

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    A Comprehensive Updated List of Every Celebrity Linked to Scientology

    By Andy Cush, Gawker, April 2, 2015

    L. Ron Hubbard began Scientology’s “Project Celebrity” in 1955, offering a list of 63 high-profile targets and a “small plaque” as a reward to anyone who successfully brought the likes of Bob Hope and Ernest Hemingway into the church. “There are many to whom America and the world listens...” Scientology’s blustery founder wrote in a newsletter announcing the plan. “It is obvious what would happen to Scientology if prime communicators benefitting from it would mention it now and then.” Sixty years later, was Project Celebrity a success?

    That Hollywood is overrun with adherents to the religion of Xenu is generally taken for granted as fact. Everyone knows about Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Beck; casual followers of Scientology or celebrity gossip may also know Kirstie Alley, Giovanni Ribisi, Juliette Lewis, and recent apostate Leah Remini. But who else? Below, you’ll find a list of every known celebrity who claims membership with the church, as well as lists of those who have dabbled in a few courses but never enlisted and of those who were once members but have since renounced their affiliation. Our definition of celebrity is relatively broad: you’ll find actors, mostly, but also a handful of musicians, screenwriters, directors, businesspeople.

    The list is intended to be comprehensive, so if there are people we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments or email me at andy@gawker.com. We’ll keep rolling updates as celebrities join, defect, or go public with their affiliation.

    The article includes the following categories:

    Confirmed Scientologists (which includes several who are no longer living)

    Rumored/Dabblers

    Former Scientologists

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    There's nothing new in this article, but it's as related to this thread as any.

    A look at the many famous faces of the Church of Scientology

    By Matt Mauney, Orlando Sentinel, April 3, 2015

    The Church of Scientology is no stranger to controversy, but the recent release of HBO's documentary "Going Clear" has brought the highly-scrutinized religion back in the public eye.

    Perhaps known as much for its celebrity members than its belief system, "Going Clear" is an exposé on the religion and its founder, science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. The documentary is named after Lawrence Wright's 2013 book of the same name and the Scientology parlance "Clear" -- a state of freeing oneself of "subconscious memories of past trauma."

    The church has a star-studded membership, including well-known Scientologists Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley.

    But there are plenty of other famous members, as well as a growing list of celebrities who have left and denounced the Church of Scientology.

    One of the most well-known detractors is "King of Queens" actress Leah Remini, who left the Church of Scientology after 30 years, according to Business Insider. Remini allegedly quit the church after a clash with leader David Miscavige over the validity of excommunicating people.

    Miscavige has had his fair share of controversy, including the mysterious disappearance of his wife, Shelly, who reportedly has only been seen once since 2006.

    Other famous detractors include Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman, both former spouses of Cruise. Both actresses cited Cruise's involvement with the church and reservations of raising their children as Scientologists as reasons for splitting ties with Cruise.

    But there are still plenty of rich and famous members, along with reportedly millions of others. Corporate Scientology claims there are 10 million members worldwide.

    View the gallery above for the notable names and faces currently involved with the Church of Scientology, along with famous former members and celebrities that once took Scientology classes.

    Continued here:
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/the-list/os-scientology-celebs-going-clear-post.html
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