The Info List - Scientology And Celebrities

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Recruiting SCIENTOLOGIST CELEBRITIES and getting them to endorse Scientology
to the public at large has always been very important to the Church of Scientology
. Scientology
has had a written program governing celebrity recruitment since at least 1955, when L. Ron Hubbard created "Project Celebrity", offering rewards to Scientologists who recruited targeted celebrities. Early interested parties included former silent-screen star Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson
and jazz pianist Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
. A Scientology
policy letter of 1976 states that "rehabilitation of celebrities who are just beyond or just approaching their prime" enables the "rapid dissemination" of Scientology.


* 1 Coordinated effort * 2 Notable Scientologist celebrities * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links


The Church of Scientology
operates special Celebrity Centres
Celebrity Centres
. Scientology
policy governs the Celebrity Centres
Celebrity Centres
(the main one in Los Angeles and others in Paris, Nashville, and elsewhere), stating that "one of the major purposes of the Celebrity Centre and its staff is to expand the number of celebrities in Scientology." ( Scientology
Flag Order 2310) Another order describes Celebrity Centre's Public Clearing Division and its goal, "broad public into Scientology
from celebrity dissemination"; this division has departments for planning celebrity events and routing the general public onto Scientology
services as a result of celebrity involvement.

As founder L. Ron Hubbard
L. Ron Hubbard
put it:

Celebrities are very Special
people and have a very distinct line of dissemination. They have comm lines that others do not have and many medias to get their dissemination through (Flag Order 3323, 9 May 1973)

Hugh B. Urban, professor of religious studies in the Department of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University
Ohio State University
said about Scientology's appeal to celebrities in an interview for Beliefnet.com :

But then I think the reason that celebrities would be interested is because it's a religion that fits pretty well with a celebrity kind of personality. It's very individualistic. It celebrates your individual identity as ultimately divine. It claims to give you ultimate power over your own mind, self, destiny, so I think it fits well with an actor personality. And then the wealth question: These aren't people who need more wealth, but what they do need, or often want at least, is some kind of spiritual validation for their wealth and lifestyle, and Scientology
is a religion that says it's OK to be wealthy, it's OK to be famous, in fact, that's a sign of your spiritual development. So it kind of is a spiritual validation for that kind of lifestyle.

Journalistic and media sources claim that Scientology
is “The Church of the Stars” or a “star-studded sect,” although there are likely more Hollywood celebrities in other religious traditions. One reason for this is the church’s Celebrity Centres, which is unique to the religion. Most members in these facilities are not celebrities, however, a lot of members are part of the entertainment industry.


The Church of Scientology
has a long history of seeking out artists, musicians, writers and actors, and states that Scientology
can help them in their lives and careers. Celebrity Scientologists include:

* Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley
* Anne Archer
Anne Archer
* Beck
* Catherine Bell * David Campbell * Nancy Cartwright
Nancy Cartwright
* Kate Ceberano
Kate Ceberano
* Erika Christensen * Chick Corea
Chick Corea
* Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
* Jenna Elfman
Jenna Elfman
* Doug E. Fresh
Doug E. Fresh
* Isaac Hayes * Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis
* Alanna Masterson
Alanna Masterson
* Danny Masterson
Danny Masterson
* Elisabeth Moss * Bijou Phillips
Bijou Phillips
* Laura Prepon
Laura Prepon
* Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston
* Giovanni Ribisi
Giovanni Ribisi
* Marissa Ribisi * John Travolta
John Travolta
* Greta Van Susteren * Princess Joy Villa * Billy Sheehan


* List of Scientologists


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