Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography
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Everyone knows Tom Cruise—or at least what he wants us to know. We know that the man behind the smile overcame a tough childhood to star in astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, earning him three Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. But beyond that, the picture becomes a bit less clear…
We know that Tom is a devoted follower of the Church of Scientology. We know that, despite persistent rumors about his sexuality, he has been married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes. But it was not until he jumped on Oprah's couch to proclaim his love for Katie and denounced Brooke Shields for turning to the "Nazi science" of psychiatry that we began to realize how much we did not know about the charming, hardworking star. For all the headlines and the rumors, the real Tom Cruise has remained surprisingly hidden—until now.
this onetime dental student. As her aunt Lilita Jamarillo observed, 舠For Sofȷa the most important thing in a man is that he has good teeth.舡 Whether or not he knew about her dentistry past, he did seem to know a lot about her career. The flattery rolled off his tongue. Caught up in the moment, she accepted his invitation to go for coffee at Jerry舗s Famous Deli in Hollywood. It was a classic late-night celebrity hangout舒a professional Tom Cruise look-alike is a regular舒and the paparazzi would
available, which, for a boy who had a passion for flight, was thrilling. Even more thrilling, for the first time in his academic career he made the honor roll. Given his fond memories, it is surprising that he stayed at the seminary only until the summer of 1977, deciding to return to Louisville to continue his education舒especially since he had to go and live with his aunt and uncle, the Barratts, because Mary Lee and his sisters could no longer afford the rent on their house and had squeezed in
role. While Mimi was still laboring up the slopes of Hollywood success, Tom was now at the summit. In the months after his marriage, he was about to square the artistic circle, embarking on three movies that would not only expand his bank balance, but earn critical praise. In a journey that took him to the heart of who he was as an actor and a man, he traveled from Jamaica and the Philippines back to New York, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, and his home state of Kentucky. While it was hardly
stalwart, strong-minded, churchgoing Catholic, who made the decision to leave her husband. 舠It was a time of growing, a time of conflict舡 is her only comment on this distressing event. For a woman with a sense of the theatrical, the family departure was indeed dramatic. Mary Lee painstakingly planned the great escape with the precision of a military operation. She told Tom and her daughters to pack their suitcases and keep them by their beds in readiness for flight. At four-thirty one spring
previous sexual partners. He hired the best lawyer in Britain, the flamboyant George Carman, famous for defending, among others, Elton John, politician Jeremy Thorpe, comedian Ken Dodd, and cricketer Imran Khan. When the couple was ushered into his chambers, Carman was immediately struck by how nervous these Hollywood A-listers were at the prospect of going to court. For all his bluster, Tom was particularly anxious about the prospect of facing a rigorous cross-examination. Few would blame him.