4 Celebs With Cults in Their Pasts
Michelle Pfeiffer isn't the only one
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2013 9:00 AM CST
Michelle Pfeiffer recently revealed she was in a cult before she became famous—and she's not the only celebrity with a cult or commune in her past. The Stir rounds up five more. A sampling:   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Michelle Pfeiffer recently revealed she was in a cult before she became famous—and she's not the only celebrity with a cult or commune in her past. The Stir rounds up five more. A sampling:

  • Joaquin Phoenix and his family (including brother River) were involved with the well-known Children of God cult, but Phoenix claims it was just a "religious community" at the time.
  • By the time Rose McGowan was raised in Children of God, however, the group—which was into "free love"—started encouraging sex between children and adults.
  • Winona Ryder was raised in the Rainbow commune. Her family and seven others tried to be self-sufficient while living on 300 acres.
Click for the complete list, including one celebrity who only just recently escaped.


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GreekChorus
Nov 9, 2013 2:59 PM CST
What evidence is there that the "Rainbow commune" was a cult? It was certainly unconventional, but I don't see evidence that it bears the marking of a cult.
Tomorrows_Children
Nov 9, 2013 9:52 AM CST
There is a cult in my past, Blue Oyster Cult. I don't fear the reaper.