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Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 5:19 PM Post #20278

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Does anyone know about the current crop of CS celebrities?

Brad's post about Doris Day attending Annual Meeting (back in the 60s) made me think of it.

Is Robert Duvall still in CS? Bruce Hornsby? Richard Bach (author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull)?

Tommy Vardell (football player).

I know I'm forgetting a few people...

And what about the politicians? Did I read somewhere that Christopher Shays renounced his religious beliefs?


Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 8:09 PM Post #20279

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Pud Muddle:

Jean Stapleton (All in the Family) is a CSer, and one who was the butt of a couple jokes on the show. On one episode Archie comes home to a quiet house and says, "What's this, a Christian Science Reading Room?"

The other episode was titled "The Riddle." Fast forward to the 5:50 mark where Gloria tells a riddle and Archie takes a swipe at CS:


Stapleton was very funny on that show.

Regarding Robert Duvall, I've heard conflicting stories: 1) that he's no longer in CS and has nothing to do with it (he returned to Principia College, his alma mater a few years ago after staying away for decades); and 2) that he's still in CS but doesn't talk about it. If anyone has more info, please post.

Last I heard, Mr. Shays was not identifying himself as a CSer.

Wish I could be more helpful.

Keep the faith!
Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:21 AM Post #20281
There is an interview with Robert Duvall in the December 2008 in which he clearly states his belief in Christian Science.
Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:53 AM Post #20282
I wrote that the interview with Duvall is in the December 2008 Christian Science Journal and italicized "Christian Science Journal." But for some reason the words "Christian Science Journal" did not show up in what was posted.
Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:37 AM Post #20284

As far as I know, Peter Horton (played Gary in thirtysomething), who was at the college when I was, is still practicing. Somewhat ironically, he has directed many episodes of Gray's Anatomy.
Posted Friday, June 15, 2012 5:23 PM Post #20285
When I attended TMC Georgette Engel was my S.S. teacher in 1979. I think she might still be a member. Also I recall hearing from a friend that society writer Cindy Adams in New York almost died by not going to a Doctor because of her C.S. beliefs a year ago or so. I understood she finally did and lived. In addition 1950's early 60's bombshell SHERI NORTH passed 5 or so years ago and supposedly was not going to Doctors because of C.S. I have heard this from screen writer (BLANK ) Who wrote The Birdcage , Heaven Can Wait, Tootsie, E.T.C.

Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:54 AM Post #23260
Several years ago, Georgia Engel, as a member of the Motion Picture Academy of America,was invited to screen the motion picture, "No Country for Old Men" (I hope I've got the title at least close enough; it was the award-winner with Josh Brolin) as part of the annual awards voting. Anyway, she got up and walked out, as did some other academy members, because of the violence. This point is, is that she related her reaction in the context of her active church membership. This article either appeared in one of the CS magazines or Monitor.
Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:07 PM Post #23263
I remember seeing Shannon Miller (Olympic gymnast) on the cover of the , I think, back in the early 2000s. There was an interview or something with her and she was a student of Christian Science.
Posted Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:32 PM Post #23264

Hrm. Just like another Guest above did I italicized Sentinel and it seems to have disappeared. Glitch?
Posted Tuesday, February 03, 2015 6:55 AM Post #24724

I another thread* a guest informed us that Val Kilmer received emergency surgery on his throat. Here's a blog piece with some detail:


I found much of this piece's details collaborated in TMZ and other sources which follow celebrities. This blog, by a "friendly atheist," uses Caroline Fraser and others who are significantly anti-CS (and anti religion in general). It indicates Kilmer is of the radical reliance school, in that he denies pain, as it suggests prayer is not working, and that he shuns those who have urged him to seek medical treatment.

Kilmer seems adept at the CS practice of using euphemism to sidestep negative physical realities. He says it is "not a tumor." It may, indeed, be something else, perhaps a goiter. But the fact that it is "not a tumor" can be used to minimize this very major medical condition. From TMZ.com, we learn that in a small claims court hearing against his landlord "he was unable to speak because his tongue was swollen." Again, the misleading admission of a small problem to avoid recognizing the larger one. (I wonder if he applied CS to this legal dispute.)

He released this statement, rich in euphemisms: "Thank you for all your sweet support. But I have not had a tumor, or a tumor operations, or any operation. I had a complication where the best way to receive care was to stay under the watchful eye of the ucla ICU. Friends have assisted who know my spiritual convictions and have been most sensitive and kind for the extra effort in making sure there's minimum gossip and silly talk. I am praying for a speedy return to the boards as they say. God bless you all and please don't worry. Love and deep affection , Val."

"Sweet support." In Christian circles, I usually hear the phrase "prayerful support." But only CS practitioners can pray for you--not the CS hoi paloi in your branch church.
"I have not had...any operation." Val, you mean cutting your throat open so you can breathe is not an operation, and you simply stayed under the "watchful eye of the ucla (sic) ICU?
"minimum gossip and silly talk." At ChristianWay, we know about the belief that animal magnetism will be enabled by others' false thinking. I've noticed the word "silly" showing up more, lately, often in political contexts. It seems to be a shorthand for saying, "everything you say is unfounded and irrational, which allows me to dismiss you, and your opinions, outright."

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/01/30/val-kilmer-hospitalized-tumor-throat-bleeding/#ixzz3QglcLeTp

* I try to keep threads on-subject when possible.
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