Scientology and Celebrities

Scientology actively recruits celebrities to promote Scientology to the public at large. Written Scientology policies describe recruiting celebrities in great detail.

Current and Former Scientology Celebrities

Among the best-known current Scientology celebrities are Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Jenna Elfman, and Chick Corea, along with second-generation Scientologists such as Juliette Lewis, Beck, Giovanni Ribisi, and Lisa Marie Presley. Celebrities who no longer associate themselves with Scientology include Nicole Kidman, Stanley Clarke, Diana Canova, and football player John Brodie.

Scientology Policies on Celebrities

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 targetted celebrities. 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.

Scientology policy governs the Celebrity Centre (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.

More Information about Scientology and Celebrities:

The Selling of a Church - The Courting of Celebrities (Los Angeles Times)

Catch a Rising Star (Premiere)

Scientologywood: Scientology and Celebrities

Scientology Services Completed by Celebrities

The Scientology Statistics database contains information from Scientology publications reflecting services - both courses and auditing processes - completed by individual Scientologists. These pages list completions for various Scientology celebrities.