[who] regurgitate six decades of false, bizarre tabloid allegations about the religion’s founder, its leadership and its prominent members.” Far from being in decline, she says Scientology opened 30 new churches in 2012.(Read Pouw's complete response here.)Wright argues that the Church’s mystique rests mainly on its celebrity members. Ron Hubbard recruited Hollywood notables like Gloria Swanson.It was just over a year ago that I was sitting cross legged on the couch in front of two of my best friends who married in their early 20s, after meeting as young teens.They dated through the transitions from high school to college and from college to real life – never breaking up and never dating anyone else.
Chaplin lived the remainder of his life in Switzerland, returning to America only in 1972 to accept an honorary Academy Award.He joined the prestigious Karno stage company while a teenager and from there was recruited to the fledgling Keystone Studios, famous for its raucous brand of slapstick films.Chaplin excelled at Keystone, quickly developing the “Tramp” character that would become his mainstay and graduating to directing his own short films after only weeks on the job.He left Keystone within a year for a series of more lucrative contracts, quickly becoming one of the highest-paid figures in the film industry and creating a classic body of short films.By 1919 Chaplin had amassed a large enough fortune to start his own film studio and co-founded United Artists to distribute his works, leaving him all but free from outside influence or interference.