Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Scientollywood's A list
March 15, 2006

You can take the Scientologist out of the hit show, as singer-actor Isaac Hayes demonstrated this week by quitting the ''South Park" cast over an episode that satirized his religion. But taking show biz out of Scientology is a trickier proposition, given the number of celebrities who've been advertising their ties to the controversial church lately.

Leading the pack are Tom Cruise, described in a recent Los Angeles Times story as ''the public face of the church," and John Travolta, producer and star of the $80-million clunker ''Battlefield Earth," based on a novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. But the list of celebrity Scientologists extends well beyond them. Former or current practitioners include Kirstie Alley, Beck, Jenna Elfman, Al Jarreau, Kelly Preston (Travolta's wife), Juliette Lewis, Karen Black, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, Nicole Kidman (Cruise's ex), Anne Archer, Chick Corea, Chaka Khan, and Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart Simpson. By 1993, the Hubbard-Hollywood axis was strong enough to inspire two journalists to coin the term ''Scientollywood."
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