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Tom Cruise’s Scientology Marriages: The Secret Wife-Auditioning Process Before Katie Holmes, Revealed

In the October issue, Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reports that in 2004 Scientology embarked on a top-secret project headed by Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige, which involved finding a girlfriend for Tom Cruise. According to several sources, the organization devised an elaborate auditioning process in which actresses who were already Scientology members were called in, told they were auditioning for a new training film, and then asked a series of curious questions including: “What do you think of Tom Cruise?” Marc Headley, a Scientologist from age seven, who says he watched a number of the audition videotapes when he was head of Scientology’s in-house studio, tells Orth, “It’s not like you only have to please your husband—you have to toe the line for Scientology.” . . .

Vanity Fair, September 1

Scientology, Katie Holmes, and Tom Cruise: Who Is Nazanin Boniadi?

Because it is Katie Holmes’s name—and not Boniadi’s—that you read about this summer in the tabloids, you know the relationship between Tom and his Scientology-approved partner ended. But who exactly is Nazanin Boniadi, and what about her caught the eye of theorganization?

Vanity Fair, September 1

Exclusive: Oscar Winner Paul Haggis on Tom Cruise Scientology Girlfriend: “I’m appalled that any church would treat its parishioners this way”

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winning “Crash” writer-director Paul Haggis has confirmed for me the story of Naz Boniadi, the beautiful Iranian born actress whom Scientology tried to groom as Tom Cruise’s girlfriend in 2004-2005. Vanity Fair has just released a teaser of their extraordinary story (kudos to Graydon Carter) about Cruise’s auditioning of women to be his wife in the months leading up to his choosing of Katie Holmes in April 2005. Haggis left Scientology two years ago, which I wrote about extensively. His exit was then chronicled in the New Yorker. Haggis confirms Boniadi’s saga, and tells me that she, too, has left the cult. Here’s his email to me from Rome, where he ‘s prepping a film. Haggis says he will have no other comment on this situation beyond this: . . .

Roger Friedman, September 2

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And here's a link to a story that Friedman wrote way back in June 2005 about the bizarre circumstances surrounding Tom and Katie's coming-together; this might have been the first public hint about the odd process by which Cruise found his mate.

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It was a little while ago, but I remember seeing Internet ads that made an unsettling impression in how they hagiographized Hubbard.


I would think that the LAST thing you'd want to do when selling Scientology is focus on him.


My grandmother-in-law expressed some interest in the church about a decade ago, and though this is the one example I know, what she was attracted to was the promise of spiritual fulfillment (as well as, possibly, the aforementioned LARP-like structure of the church), not the sci-fi author who somehow knew he was the youngest Eagle Scout when records of the sort weren't really being kept. This is just me being hypothetical, but it would possibly be a more effective pitch if advertising focused on the self rather than the saint (since targets may be a little uneasy about belief systems that hang (or appear to) on the crux of who to them are just these dead guys, and a contrast may have a higher chance of catching their eye). Or it's just a bid for legitimacy, since Scientology hasn't had any tragic martyrs of note. (I'll admit, imagining one is a little entertaining.)

Edited by Kinch

Did George Clinton ever get a permit for the Mothership, or did he get Snoop Dogg to fetch one two decades late?

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