Kirstie Alley Defended Scientologists on Twitter — and Scorned Ex-Members

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The news of Kirstie Alley’s death, when it broke in December 2022, devastated fans around the world. She was a vibrant TV star, best known for her long-running role in the series Cheers. Alley went on to become a popular movie actor, appearing in films like Look Who’s Talking, For Richer or Poorer, and Drop Dead Gorgeous. In spite of her popularity as an actor, she has a complicated legacy, with her dedication to the controversial religion Scientology making some fans question her judgment — and her Twitter tirades against ex-Scientologists causing some concern.’

Alley’s devotion to Scientology goes back decades, to when she was a young actor struggling to find her way in a tough industry. A Newsweek profile broke down her timeline in the religion, pointing out that she first joined the church in 1978 and quoting her 2012 memoir, in which she claimed, “When I began doing Scientology, I was a drugged-out mess. I understood hell—depression, anxiety, addiction, failure, and loss.”

Alley detailed how a friend sent her a copy of L. Ron Hubbard’s book Dianetics, which she credited for helping her to get over her addiction to cocaine. The actor eventually made her way to a Scientology counseling session, which she claimed cured her of her drug addiction for good. After that, Alley became a very public Scientologist, who often spoke out in favor of the religion, both in public and in private. She also didn’t hesitate to call out those who were critical of Scientology, even those who had chosen to leave the religion for various reasons.

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