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Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography

de Andrew Morton

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"Everyone knows Tom Cruise - or at least what he wants us to know. We know that he overcame a difficult childhood to star in an astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, War of the Worlds, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, and as a result has earned three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globes, along with the respect of acting legends like Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman.""After that, the picture becomes a little less clear. We know that Tom is a Scientologist, but not necessarily what that means in his life. 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 the spring of 2005, when 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 didn't know about the charming, hardworking star." "For two years, award-winning biographer Andrew Morton has been tirelessly seeking out everyone from former teachers and girlfriends to Scientology insiders to friends who have watched a once-bullied, "nothing special" outsider transform himself into an icon Forbes has called the most powerful celebrity in the world."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Interesting background on Tom Cruise. I always knew a lot about him and this gave me even more insights into his personal life especially Scientology. I like him as an actor but he is a little wackadoodle. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 11, 2016 |
Just finished this book and immediately turned on my computer to do more research about the cult scientology. I found very interesting articles and I think this cult is very dangerous and people have to be educated.

Also watched the famous youtube videos of Tom Cruise. The Oprah tape and the one where he talks like a lunatic on scientology and another one where he attacks Brooke Shields and the interviewer. I love the fact that Andrew Morton did not back down from publishing his book even though he was threatened. Threatening and suing is what the cult is very good at, not only the cult but also the second main man Tom Cruise.

This book was great and really opened my eyes.
Free Katie!!!! lol ( )
  Marlene-NL | Apr 12, 2013 |
This book took a deep look at a very talented actor who may be a little crazy. Andrew Morton has once again dug into someones life and brought out the most interesting nuggets. I loved the closer look at the private and mysterious world of Scientology. ( )
  sadiekaycarver | Jun 4, 2011 |
Tom Cruise has a very carefully crafted image, and I don't want to get sued, so I'll just say... well, I won't say anything. ( )
  ennie | Mar 4, 2011 |
Andrew Morton's newest expose touts itself as "uncovering the true story of the biggest celebrity of our age". I myself found the book, in general, to be somewhat disappointing.

Maybe it was the over year-long buildup. Maybe it was being overinformed, to a degree, about Tom before reading this. Maybe it was a general feeling that the pen dipped in venom that I expected and hoped for was nothing more than a pencil with a fairly sharp tip.

Morton's tome does provide more information about Tom's childhood and background than any previous literary efforts but it still feels as though a great deal of essentials are missing or were left uncovered. And some particulars seem a bit hard to swallow. Would a fifth-grade teacher watching young Tommy Mapother playing "The Sun" in a school pageant really be blown away by his performance? Would she really still be remembering this performance, some 35+ years later, if Tommy Mapother hadn't grown up to become Tom Cruise?

And did Tommy Mapother really grow up to become Tom Cruise or did he simply walk into a role that he's been unable and unwilling to shed for more than 25 years?

Morton does shed a small amount of light on Tom's relationship with his father, also known as the "merchant of chaos" as Tom referred to him in one interview, but spills more ink on Tom's relationship with his ever-present mother, Mary Lee, who apparently did the majority of the childrearing.

Surprisingly, while Morton does address the gay rumors (how can you write a tell-all about Tom Cruise and not?) he concludes that Tom was quite the ladies man in high school and beyond and is actually a roaring womanizer versus a closet-hiding homosexual. The statements supporting this seem rather thin (a typical statement from an ex-girlfriend being "my back was black and blue from the gearshift, I'll tell you that") as does the section detailing Cruise's first marriage, to actress (and Scientology introducer) Mimi Rogers.

Personally I was expecting a bit more as far as revelations go, but either Morton is stingy with detail or encountered a serious lack thereof. As a reader you never get the feeling that love had much to do with Cruise and Rogers' legal unity and while the Church of Scientology may have had a hand in bringing Cruise and Rogers together, they most certainly played a major part in their dissolution.

And this brings me to the most interesting part of Morton's book. The role of Scientology in Cruise's career, his marriages and his life. While Morton skims over some of Cruise's movie roles, and neglects to mention others, he doesn't shy away from the Scientology question. The hierarchy, the questionable practices and belief system, the close friendship between Scientology head David Miscavige and Cruise, all are exposed, even the ridiculous on its face rumor that Cruise spawn Suri was conceived via Rosemary's Baby with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's frozen sperm. Crazy, yes, but somehow when the subject is Tom Cruise no form of crazy is off limits.

Many pages are devoted to Cruise's decade-long marriage to actress Nicole Kidman. Surprisingly, Kidman emerges worse for the wear, being shown as a needy, manipulative, ambitious and vain woman who drove Cruise to his limits. Their adoption of children Bella and Conor are explained not as a cover for their respectively homosexual private lives (alleged, of course) but due to Kidman's ectopic pregnancy early in the marriage which made carrying another pregnancy to term unlikely. The confusion of the end of the Cruise-Kidman marriage is not cleared up in these pages. Kidman is portrayed as shocked, surprised and hurt, while Cruise comes across much like an adolescent who doesn't know how to maturely break off a relationship.

Most disturbing of his relationships was his brief month-long pursuant of Sofia Vergara in 2005, where the actress was "love bombed" with text messages, telephone calls, flowers, candy and gifts. The gifts including, of course, trips to the Scientology Celebrity Center and the written word of L. Ron Hubbard. Just as quick as Cruise can apparently turn on the charm and high pursuit, he can also quickly transfer his attentions and presumably his affections, as Vergara found out after getting cold feet over the rush. Less than a month after his intense pursuit of Vergara, Cruise had moved on to Katie Holmes and the rest, as they say, is history.

Perhaps most disappointing, Morton writes precious little about the TomKat media beast and the many questions and rumors surrounding the arguably most public of Cruise's relationships. From Morton's viewpoint, Holmes truly fell in love with the bombastic Cruise and the only contract worth mentioning was the prenuptial that Holmes' attorney father helped to negotiate. No talk of a contract marriage, although Morton does mention that the Church of Scientology helped to put together a short list of prospective brides for Cruise (Holmes was number five on the list).

In short (no pun intended), I found Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography not quite the explosive biography I had hoped for. For the average layperson (i.e., someone that doesn't consume Tom Cruise gossip like a junkie on a three-day binge), TC: AUB will be an interesting mix of controlling, yet embarrassingly romantic, superstar wholly consumed by his dependence and dominance in a questionable "Church". For me, I found the book a bit dry, a bit anticlimactic. While I didn't dislike (or like) Tom Cruise any more or less than I had before picking up the book, I also didn't feel like I had gotten any further insight on him or his life.

http://psychoticstate.blogspot.com/2008/01/psychotic-review-tom-cruise.html ( )
  LoriHedgpeth | Sep 14, 2009 |
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"Everyone knows Tom Cruise - or at least what he wants us to know. We know that he overcame a difficult childhood to star in an astonishing array of blockbusters: Top Gun, Rain Man, Born on the Fourth of July, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, Jerry Maguire, three Mission: Impossible movies, War of the Worlds, and more. We know he has taken artistic chances, too, and as a result has earned three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globes, along with the respect of acting legends like Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman.""After that, the picture becomes a little less clear. We know that Tom is a Scientologist, but not necessarily what that means in his life. 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 the spring of 2005, when 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 didn't know about the charming, hardworking star." "For two years, award-winning biographer Andrew Morton has been tirelessly seeking out everyone from former teachers and girlfriends to Scientology insiders to friends who have watched a once-bullied, "nothing special" outsider transform himself into an icon Forbes has called the most powerful celebrity in the world."--BOOK JACKET.

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