Author: Strauss, N.
Document title: Passion of the Cruise
Document type: magazine, article
Publication: Rolling Stone
Publication date: 2004, 2 September
Publication issue: 956
Description: Tom Cruise's mother lets the world know she's a practising Catholic as well as a Scientologist.
THE PASSION OF THE CRUISE
“WANT TO MEET MY MOM?” TOM Cruise asks as we walk through the halls of the Celebrity Centre, ground zero for Scientology in Los Angeles.
We round a corner and enter the president’s office, where Mary Lee (a.k.a. Mom) has just ordered a salad. In town from Florida, she is leaning against a door frame near Lee Anne DeVette, Cruise’s sister and publicist, and Tommy, who manages Cruise’s philanthropy work. Mom is thin and tan, and she beams an even toothier smile than her son when she is introduced.
Considering that she is a practicing Catholic, it is somewhat surprising to see her in Celebrity Centre. “I just finished taking the Way to Happiness course,” she says. “I learned so much.”
She pauses for a moment and reflects on the day’s lesson: “And I thought I was happy before.”
Cruise joined Scientology, the controversial church of religion and life philosophy started by L. Ron Hubbard, after church courses helped him overcome his dyslexia in the Eighties; he was followed, one by one, by his three sisters. His mother was the lone holdout in the clan. A year ago, however, after going through what she describes as “some things,” she relented.
But doesn’t Scientology conflict with Catholicism? Not at all, she says: “I think Jesus wants me to be here right now. My church may not agree, but I personally know that.”
Strauss, N. (2004, 2 September). Passion of the Cruise. Rolling Stone, 956, 90-96.