Tom Cruise: Unauthorized

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Tom Cruise: Unauthorized
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Book cover
Author Wensley Clarkson
Subject Biography
Genre Non-fiction
PublisherHastings House
Publication date
January 25, 1998
ISBN 978-0-8038-9406-8
OCLC 37213499
Followed by Cruise Control  

Tom Cruise: Unauthorized is an unauthorized non-fiction biographical book about Tom Cruise, written by Wensley Clarkson. The book was published by Hastings House in 1998. The book discusses Tom Cruise's early life, his rise as an actor, involvement with Scientology, and past relationships with Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman. [1] [2] The book ended during the filming of Eyes Wide Shut .

Unauthorized biography

An unauthorized biography is a biography written without the subject's permission or input. The term is usually restricted to biographies written within the subject's lifetime or shortly after his or her death; as such, it is not applied to biographies of historical figures written long after their deaths. Unauthorized biographies are not necessarily unwelcomed by their subjects, and in fact some unauthorized autobiographies have been criticized for displaying overeager admiration for them; however, unauthorized autobiographies have a wider reputation for fueling controversy and painting unflattering portraits of their subjects.

Non-fiction or nonfiction is content whose creator, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the events, people, or information presented. In contrast, a story whose creator explicitly leaves open if and how the work refers to reality is usually classified as fiction. Nonfiction, which may be presented either objectively or subjectively, is traditionally one of the two main divisions of narratives, the other traditional division being fiction, which contrasts with nonfiction by dealing in information, events, and characters expected to be partly or largely imaginary.

Tom Cruise American actor and film producer

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In 2003, Wensley Clarkson wrote another biography of Cruise, entitled: Cruise Control . [3] Tom Cruise was interviewed on Larry King Live about that book, and stated: "Well, you can tell this guy doesn't know me." [4]

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After Tom Cruise's publicists discovered that the author was contacting individuals involved with the Church of Scientology in the course of his research on Cruise, an attorney for Cruise contacted the publisher of Tom Cruise: Unauthorized. [2]

Church of Scientology organization devoted to the practice and the promotion of the Scientology belief system

The Church of Scientology is a multinational network and hierarchy of numerous ostensibly independent but interconnected corporate entities and other organizations devoted to the practice, administration and dissemination of Scientology, a new religious movement. The Church of Scientology International (CSI) is officially the Church of Scientology's parent organization, and is responsible for guiding local Scientology churches. At a local level, every church is a separate corporate entity set up as a licensed franchise and has its own board of directors and executives. The first Scientology church was incorporated in December 1953 in Camden, New Jersey by L. Ron Hubbard. Its international headquarters are located at the Gold Base, in an unincorporated area of Riverside County, California. The location at Gilman Hot Springs is private property and not accessible by the public. Scientology Missions International is under CSI and oversees Scientology missions, which are local Scientology organizations smaller than churches. The Church of Spiritual Technology (CST) is the organization which owns all the copyrights of the estate of L. Ron Hubbard.

Attorney Bertram Fields' letter stated: "I represent Tom Cruise. I have been advised that you intend to publish a biography of Mr. Cruise. I believe that your book may contain numerous false and defamatory statements about Mr. Cruise. I urge you to check your facts very carefully before publication, since it is certainly Mr. Cruise's intention to institute an appropriate action should your book contain such statements." [2] Though Clarkson's representatives at Hastings House urged Fields to have his client meet with the author so as to ensure the veracity of the statement in the book, Fields and Cruise did not reply to the publisher's offer. [2]

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  4. Staff (November 28, 2003). "Interview With Tom Cruise". Larry King Live . CNN.