Recruiting SCIENTOLOGIST CELEBRITIES and getting them to endorse
Scientology to the public at large has always been very important to
the Church of
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 and jazz
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
* 1 Coordinated effort
* 2 Notable Scientologist celebrities
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The Church of
Scientology operates special
Celebrity Centres .
Scientology policy governs the
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." (
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.
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
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
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,
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
NOTABLE SCIENTOLOGIST CELEBRITIES
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:
* Catherine Bell
* David Campbell
Doug E. Fresh
Doug E. Fresh
Greta Van Susteren
List of Scientologists
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L. Ron Hubbard
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Kate Ceberano awarded Church of Scientology\'s Freedom Medal
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* ^ "
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