Famous People Raised by Cults

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Cults are typically portrayed as violent and scary, but sometimes people are raised in one and thrive. Whether or not the cult was good or bad, these famous people were raised in a cult and most are doing just fine.
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Glenn Close

This famous actress was part of the Moral Re-Armamnent cult when her parents joined. She spent much of her childhood living in communes and singing with the cult’s musical group.
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David Arquette

Born in the Skymont Subud commune, Arquette lived in a so-called utopia for much of his childhood, though they had no bathrooms or electricity.
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Joaquin Phoenix

Phoenix lived in the Children of God cult until he was 4 years old.
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Susan Cagle

Cagle was another member of the Children of God cult and spent part of her childhood as a street performer.
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Winona Ryder

At age seven, Ryder’s family moved to the Rainbow commune where she lived for three years.
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Rose McGowan

McGowan grew up in the Children of God cult, but her family left the group when she was still a young girl.
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Christopher Owens

This musician was part of the Children of God cult in Europe and Asia. His experience wasn’t always good and he left the cult at age 16.
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Michelle Pfeiffer

As a young adult, Pfeiffer became involved in breatharianism, though it took her many years before she realized she was part of a cult.
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Angel Haze

For her first 16 years, Haze lived in a cult that identified as Christian Pentacostal.
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Emily Schromm

She is a reality television star now, but Schromm grew up in a southern fundamentalist cult.
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