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Countless questions are emerging since the announcement of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' divorce. Chief among them: did the actor's devotion to the Church of Scientology play a key role in their breakup?

Cruise, who turns 50 today, was first introduced to the religion in the 1990s when he married actress Mimi Rogers. Fast forward to today: the Mission: Impossible star has since been heavily involved in the church, even defending it at length during interviews.

Now with word that Holmes, 33, "fears" the church will interfere with her relationship with daughter Suri, six, Scientology -- and its members -- have been placed under the microscope by the press and curious public.

Click through the gallery above to see more celebs who are heavily involved with the Church of Scientology.

The religion, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, has always been a hot button topic around town.

Andrew Morton, best-selling biographer and author of Tom Cruise: An Authorized Biography, recently wrote that the Scientologist/actor had been "auditioning" potential wives and encouraging them to join the religion since his marriage to Nicole Kidman dissolved in 2001.

Cruise ended up marrying Holmes in 2006, but he first had his eyes on Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, according to Morton.

"As affectionate and attentive as Cruise was, Vergara found the world of Scientology cloying and suffocating," he wrote in an exclusive guest blog for Celebuzz. "She felt she was being followed or watched and that her phone calls were being monitored. It was as if Cruise and Scientology were trying to take over her life."

He added:

At some point, it was made clear that if their relationship was going to end in wedding bells she had to renounce her Catholic faith and join an organization that believes in immortality. “She was fundamentally terrified by Scientology,” recalls a friend. “She sincerely believed that she would be struck down by God and burn in hell if she joined. That is what she said.”
What do you make of Scientology? Do you think it played a part in Cruise and Holmes' split? Get in on the conversation, below.

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  • Deidre Chavira
    Deidre Chavira

    Are you really that dumb not to know you're in a cult???

  • char
    char

    I've heard she's on the brink of leaving it. You're just trying to "build a list."

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  • eab2
    eab2

    She was born into it so she's brainwashed for life.

  • eab2
    eab2

    Laura was dating Christopher Masterson (from malcolm In The Middle) and bnoth he & his brother Danny are Scientologists. I don't think Laura ever officially joines, she was pretty much forced/coerced because of her boyfriend. Like all good cults (think Mormons, evangelical Christians, Jehovah Witnesses etc) members are supposed to bring new blood into the fold. The richer they are, the better. I've read that laura no longer participates since she & Christopher split up, but who knows.

  • alicia.
    alicia.

    bro, atleast im not forcing my religion dont your throat. i am indeed religious and proud :) wow man, that's cold. if you choose to believe in nothing then thats your decison but dont tell me that what believe in isnt real, keep your thoughtsd to yourself. i respect your beliefs, you should respect mine instead of saying that God isnt real. i could tell you that being atheist is stupid and that but im not a heartless monster such as yourself buddy.

  • gruber
    gruber

    I can slander God if I feel like it. That's the great thing about not believing fairy tales. You see, I have grown up and no longer believe everything I'm told. It's called thinking and reasoning. More people should try it, maybe we wouldn't have so much hate in this world. I won't be dismissive by saying "case closed, goodbye", because. I never said I believed in aliens either, it was an example. You need to learn English.

  • gruber
    gruber

    You're a religious person obviously. You proved my point by simply ranting again about your god who doesn't exist. And yes I am an Atheist, and proud of it, and yes I am better than you for not being a sheep who believes in fairy tales. Do you believe in the Easter bunny too?

  • MIMI.x
    MIMI.x

    oi, you may be an atheist, but dont you dare slander God and other religions. atleast when it comes to God, his commandments and all the passages written in the bible are realistic and lovely, Scientology for 100% is a bunch of fairy stories, its not a religion, its a cult, a big prison that you feel trapped inside of. atleast with God, its not a cult, God is a good man who has helped alot of people through so much, what have these aliens done? nothing. EXACTLY. case closed, goodbye,

  • alicia.
    alicia.

    oh dear gruber, tsk tsk. scientology either way is a terrible cult and by them talking about how great and amazing it is, is false advertisement and is all a bunch of porkies. atleast for example, Christians are not lying when they say it's an amazing religion and such, God is good and all religons are lovely but Scientology is no religon, its a cult, that is all lies and theyre trying to recruit young, naive people to join and give up their life and everything for this cult. I am educated thank you, and if this is what i believe then good for me, dont force your opinon down my throat. k? thanks, tooodlesz

  • gruber
    gruber

    Oh dear Alicia, tisk, tisk. In your rant you just described any and every religious group in existence. You obviously have no clue on world history and no clue on life. When you get your head out of you ass and educate yourself, then you may make comments on something you understand a little more. You need better grammar too little girl.

  • gruber
    gruber

    So don't then. Who gives a shit what book of fairy tales they believe? It doesn't impact you at all. If little green men came down tomorrow and they heard of all the religions people believe in, they'd think we're pathetic, because we are. Scientology is no better or worse than Christianity or any other made up religion.

  • Jimmy Rustler
    Jimmy Rustler

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore :(

  • zip
    zip

    always found Leah so hot, cant believe she is a scientologist, but ill let it slide only cause she is one of my favouritee celeb girls on earth

  • zip
    zip

    I NEVER KNEW SHE MARRIED DANNY MASTERSON, SHE IS HOT MAN!! daaayum, i dont care if shes into this, shes hot oh my!!

  • alicia.
    alicia.

    never liked him anyways so its okk loool

  • alicia.
    alicia.

    OMG ELISABETH MOSS IS MY WORLDDD< 3 im glad that put a pic of my idol up, she looks so amazing in tis shot, a great shot chosen :D

  • alicia.
    alicia.

    another person i had no clue was a scientologist. I FRIKEN LOVE ErIKA! she is a gorg girl and a really amazing actress on Parenthood. still love her< 33333

  • alicia.
    alicia.

    NOT EARL! i love this guyy, i still do and always will. as long as he doesnt go all Tom Cruise, i will forever be a Jason Lee lover.

  • alicia.
    alicia.

    she is a comedian so she couldve been joking, am i the only one that thinks that??

  • alicia.
    alicia.

    the only scientologists i strongly dont like are John Travolta and Tom Cruise. mainly becos theyre the biggest ones and always going on about it, and running around trying to convert everyone, its pathetic.. completely pathetic. Tom tried to overule Katie with his scientology obsession, he tried to force Katie into believing in it and then tried to grow Suri up as a scientologist. Im glad she escaped while she could, her and Surikins. half of these people i had no clue they were into this, they keep on the DL atleast, they dnt run around going on about it. woah, *end of rant*

  • zam
    zam

    Juliette is a scientologist?? never knew that! oh well, i love her either way,

  • Kimberely-Jay.
    Kimberely-Jay.

    :O NO, NOT LAURA PREPON!! love her.. well, LOVED her.

  • zam
    zam

    forever love them regardless of their religion.