In September, Vanity Fair produced a brilliant (though legally contentious, at least in so far as its subjects complained) report on the process by which the actor Tom Cruise selected a wife. It was reported that David Miscavige, the leader of the 'Church' of Scientology, had enacted a lengthy audition process for Cruise's benefit, something that has been variously denied by Miscavige.
Now the journalist Lawrence Wright has published a book - "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief" - in which he alleges that several other A-List women were auditioned be Cruise's wife. The list is striking for its length, and includes Kate Bosworth, Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba, all of whom were allegedly invited to a fake casting section. What with his extended dalliances with Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman, does that make Cruise the most romantically prolific Hollywood star? Is there anyone in Hollywood this Top Gun was not involved with?