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Kirstie Alley Defends Tom Cruise on "Vanity Fair's" Scientology Claims

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley is defending her friend Tom Cruise against Vanity Fair's claims that The Church of Scientology devised "a top-secret process" of auditioning actresses to play the real-life role of his girlfriend.

"I think whenever you have articles written that are third and fourth parties' opinions -- it's like the game Gossip and you don't get the truth -- I think that a magazine of that caliber should have interviewed him, and then they would get the truth," Alley told Entertainment Tonight during New York Fashion Week.

In the October issue of Vanity Fair, special correspondent Maureen Orth reports that Nazanin Boniadi was selected from a group of Scientologist actresses to play the role of Cruise's girlfriend.  Orth, who interviewed "several sources," claims that the entire arrangement was headed by Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige.

"I think that probably all religions sound bizarre to the people who are not the practitioners of them," Alley said, adding, "To me it's so normal, and probably 90 percent of the crazy stuff I hear isn't true."

Alley is set to compete on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.

A rep for Cruise told ABC News in a statement: "Lies in a different font are still lies -- designed to sell magazines."

The Church of Scientology denies to the magazine that there was any such recruiting project and did not respond to ABC News' request for a statement.

Boniadi, 32, went on to appear in the ABC soap General Hospital and the 2010 superhero film Iron Man.  She is now a spokesperson for Amnesty International and no longer involved with Scientology, according to the magazine.

Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise earlier this year after six years of marriage.

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Was Scientology the Reason Katie Holmes Filed for Divorce?

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Katie Holmes announced on Friday that she had filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, and now we are learning one reason why she may have done so.

Multiple sources tell TMZ Holmes feared that her husband would transfer his deep beliefs in Scientology to their 6-year-old daughter Suri, and that she would get indoctrinated into the church -- possibly by a Scientology group known as Sea Organization. 

The sources added that Suri is almost at the age where she would be introduced to the lifestyle of Scientology.  Holmes is reportedly filing for sole legal custody of Suri to prevent that from happening.

Holmes reportedly also believes that she has been followed by Church of Scientology members in recent weeks.  A few photographers told TMZ they have seen several "mysterious" men and vehicles parking around Holmes' New York City apartment and tailing her when she's out.  They said that they saw a white Cadillac Escalade and black Mercedes SUV near her building.

A lawyer for the Church of Scientology denies to TMZ the church is following Holmes.

The day before the filing was announced, Holmes and Suri were seen moving from the New York City apartment they shared with Cruise to another apartment in Manhattan, according to People magazine. Cruise is currently filming a movie in Iceland.

People senior writer Suzanne Zuckerman says that even though the couple wasn't seen together at red carpet events recently, that did not foreshadow the end of their marriage.

She says, "All of that was explained away and seemed very typical of their globetrotting lifestyle, they always traveled, one of them would stay home with Suri while the other worked."

Dennis Wasser, the Los Angeles-based powerhouse divorce attorney who represented Cruise in his divorce from actress Nicole Kidman, will represent the actor against Holmes.  Holmes is supported by Jonathan Wolfe and mega divorce attorney Allan Mayefsky, who represented Christie Brinkley in her divorce battle with Peter Cook.

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Kelly Preston: Scientology Center Helped Her Cope with Son's Death

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Preston relied on her faith to help her cope with the death of 16-year-old son Jett from a seizure in 2009.

Preston said in the September issue of Health magazine, "To be honest, it was the Scientology Center.  I don't know if I would have made it through without it.  We've been able to navigate through it and to come to a place that is a lot better."

The 48-year-old actress added, "Don't sweat the small things.  Love your kids like it could be the last moment."

Her children with John Travolta include daughter Ella Bleu, who is now 11, and son Benjamin, who was born in November.

Preston told Health, "I've always wanted to be a mother, ever since I was 11."

She noted that even early on in her career she was appearing in television commercials for thousands of dollars, but said she would still "babysit for $3 an hour" because she loved doing it.

Preston has 40 movies to her credit including the upcoming film about the Mafia-linked Gotti family, in which she'll play Victoria Gotti opposite her husband, John Travolta, and daughter, Ella.

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