Last week's news that Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise has brought Scientology, especially its instructions for how to raise a child — played in Katie's decision to leave Tom.
While Tom Cruise has been the poster child of the Church of Scientology, he is not alone in Tinsletown for following the lessons of science fiction writer.
Scientologists are a controversial bunch who have been hit with accusations from brain washing to fraud. But there are some very high profile people, along side Tom Cruise, who believe in these teachings.
According to the church's own website, famed actor John Travolta became a Scientologist in 1975, after he was given L. Ron Hubbard's "Dianetics" while filming the movie "The Devil's Rain" in Mexico.
Actress Kirstie Alley was raised Methodist, but is now a practicing member of the Church of Scientology.
Actress Jenna Elman and her husband are both avid Scientologists.
Lisa Marie Presley
But there has been some speculation thathas left the church after her song “So Long” was released this Spring. Some of the lyrics are as follows (and it really does sound like she is speaking of Scientology) .
“This here is a city without lights
Those are all the people without eyes
Churches, they don't have a soul
Soup for sale without a bowl
Religion so corrupt and running lives
Farewell, fair weathered friends
I can't say I'll miss you in the end.”
Actor Giovanni Ribisi says he “loves to talk about Scientology,” and for reason. He’s a lifelong believer. “I grew up with Scientology.It's not a threat or some cult.
Jason Lee’s ex wife Carmen Llewellyn spoke of Jason being “obsessed” with scientology and says his involvement with the church ruined their marriage.
Best known for her role as Donna on "That 70's Show," Laura Prepon first converted to Scientology while dating Danny Masterson (brother of "'70s" costar Christopher Masterson).
Nancy Cartwright (aka the voice of Bart Simpson) has been a Scientologist since the late '80s. In a controversial move, Cartwright donated a whopping $10 million to the church in 2007.
Brilliant alternative rock musician Beck came out as a Scientologist in 2005.
"Yeah, I'm a Scientologist. My father has been a Scientologist for about 35 years, so I grew up in and around it,” he told the Sunday Tribune.
Actress Juliette Lewis became a Scientologist in the 1990s and credits the church's rehab program Narcanon with helping get clean.
Actress Erika Christensen was raised as a Scientologist and was home-schooled by her parents before attending Delphi Academy, a private school that uses the Study Tech educational methodology created by L. Ron Hubbard.
Actress Bijou Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas, and married to fellow Scientologist Danny Masterson.