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Tom Cruise Romantic History: Years of Doubt and Skepticism

Tom Cruise may have been blindsided by Katie Holmes’ divorce papers, but we – the media and the public – were more than ready.  Rarely has a Hollywood couple drawn more skepticism, from the moment they revealed their togetherness.

Going back to the dawning of their relationship in 2005, the folks at Us magazine polled their readers, you may recall, and found more than 60 percent believed Cruise’s romance with the 16-years-younger Holmes was a fake.  Even when the couple got engaged, many simply didn’t buy it.

Perhaps it was the crass, overblown, smells-like-a-publicity-stunt way in which Cruise and Holmes proclaimed their mutual affection on the eve of his ‘n’ hers summer blockbusters — “Batman Begins” and “War of the Worlds.”  Remember?  He made his proposal at — but of course — the Eiffel Tower the Friday before her “Batman Begins” opened.

The Cruise-Holmes relationship hit a new level of intensity, even for Hollywood.  With unconfirmed reports that Tom was so obsessed and controlling that he gave Katie a GPS-equipped cell phone so he could know where she was at all times, fans began snapping up “Free Katie” t-shirts.

The ranks of TomKat supporters have been comparatively slim.

But there were doubting Tom’ers long before Katie came along.  Despite his marriages to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, some – okay, many people refused to believe Cruise was interested in romance for anything other than appearances.

His relationship with Penelope Cruz was met with the same kind of disbelief as his relationship with Holmes.  As Us put it in 2001, after Cruise and Cruz were seen dining together at the ultra high profile Spago restaurant:  “…There was something about the typically secretive Cruise announcing a new relationship to the world that made some people suspicious.”

And one wary columnist noted, “Tom Cruise…doesn’t do anything that doesn’t have a reason.”

Some suggested that the sudden Public Displays of Affection between Cruise ‘n’ Cruz were really Tom’s way of throwing the press pack off following the machinations of his and Nicole Kidman’s divorce settlement, which appeared to be becoming contentious at the time.

Despite all the nay-sayers, Tom and Penelope lasted into 2003.  Reports surfaced that a plan for a Valentine’s Day wedding had been postponed due to Penelope’s worries about a rumored relationship between Tom and Colombian actress/model Sofia Vergara – but those were denied, of course.

Tom and the beauty who would go on to “Modern Family” stardom were evidently enough of an item that Tom met Sofia’s mother.  The meeting was confirmed by Sofia’s aunt Lilita Jamarilla, who told reporters: “For Sofia, the most important thing in a man is that he has good teeth. She studied dentistry and fronts campaigns to encourage children to look after their teeth.”

One can easily see why a gal like that would be drawn to Tom’s sparkling smile.  But after only a couple of months it was over:  Tom met Katie Holmes and was soon perched on Oprah’s couch, famously gushing about finding love.

In the beginning, of course, he found love with Mimi Rogers.  Their May 1986 wedding was “very small, very private and completely normal, which was our goal,” said Mimi.             Tom and the first Mrs. Cruise then went on to lead purposefully low-key lives – so low-key that nobody knew about it when they separated in 1989.  That news came out in 1990, along with stories about how Tom had something going on with his “Days of Thunder” costar, Nicole Kidman.

Even his comparatively down-to-earth marriage to Rogers wound up serving up a measure of cynicism and public humiliation for Tom.  In 1993, when she posed for Playboy, Rogers chalked up their parting to sexual incompatibility.

“Tom was seriously thinking of becoming a monk,” she told the magazine.  “And he thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument…It became obvious we had to split.”

Why?

“Oh,” answered Mimi, “my instrument needed tuning.”

That sounds so light and Hollywood catty now, compared to the dark schism of Cruise and Holmes.  The unconfirmed stories that Holmes is dead set against their six-year-old daughter Suri being indoctrinated into Cruise’s Scientology way of life — and has secretly been making plans to set herself and Suri free for a year — are chilling.  Interestingly, few seem to doubt them.

 

Dr. Lisa Masterson Memoir Getting Hollywood Attention

Dr. Lisa Masterson

 Don’t be surprised if Dr. Lisa Masterson’s compelling “Paper Dollhouse: A Memoir” finds its way to the cameras.  According to the beautiful “The Doctors” Ob/Gyn, although “nothing has panned out right yet,” her well-received book of this year is getting Hollywood interest.   

Dr. Lisa’s late mother, who pushed and finagled, fudged and faked to get her daughter into the finest schools despite their grinding poverty, would clearly be a plum role.  Who would she like to see get it? “I just know that when Angela Bassett read it at one of my fundraisers, she was phenomenal,” says the popular TV doc, whose work to advance pre-natal care in developing countries has led her to speak at the United Nations.

The mother of a college student son herself, Dr. Lisa adds that the memoir “is actually very timely with these public colleges going into tumult about the cost of education now.  That’s another question our country has to deal with — education as well as healthcare need to be ramped out and rethought.” 

MEANWHILE:  Coming up on “The Doctors” are segments following some of her patients — “a ‘Dr. Lisa’s Office’ kind of thing,” as she describes it.  She has a busy private practice and an oceanfront spa in Santa Monica, CA.   “People ask if ‘The Doctors’ doctors still practice.  It’s crucially important that we do,” she says.  “Things change with the times — treatments change, and also, what people are doing is different.  We have to talk to them on a regular basis,”

One recent “The Doctors” segment touched on the disturbing vodka-soaked tampon fad among teenage girls seeking a buzz — a fad that has real health dangers associated with it, Dr. Lisa warns.  She tells us that one of the unfortunate things she’s learned is “that so many parents are just in the dark about what their kids are doing.  These young people have more access to the world now and people with new ideas.  We talk about how to talk to kids about this, monitor their internet to keep them safe.  The drug problem with kids now is really huge.  People really underestimate it.”

THE VIDEOLAND VIEW:  TNT launches its new Mystery Movie Night tonight (11/29) with Scott Turow’s “Innocent” — the first of the cable network’s weekly adaptations of high-profile novels.  The project itself, as well as its TV movie anthology umbrella, have had critics talking about a new age of quality made-for-television films. 

Bill Pullman TNT photo James Dittiger

“Innocent” is following in some big footsteps, but costar Richard Schiff is quick to stress that it holds its own.  “This is the sequel to ‘Presumed Innocent,’ and we have Bill Pullman in the role Harrison Ford played in the first movie, and Alfred Molina in the character Raul Julia played.  I got to play with these two guys in addition to the lovely Marcia Gay Harden,” he says.   

“It is a TV movie and we worked very fast — we worked at lightning speed — but I love working fast.  When it’s on point and on the tracks, there’s no better feeling.” 

Schiff points out that “Innocent” was directed by Turow veteran Mike Robe.  “I fell for this guy.  He’s adapted something like 11 other Scott Turow projects.  We have a very solid courtroom kind of thriller that’s really, really well done — with some large talent.  Hopefully, people will include me in that description.”  Turow evidently did.  Says Schiff, “He sent me a very nice, complimentary email that said he was seeing things in my character that he hadn’t thought of.” 

THEY’RE GETTING WARMER:  ‘Tis the season for stars to find stylish ways to keep warm, like KD’s new twist on the classic leg warmers, and now, arm warmers.  NYC sources say Katie Holmes is among the chic set who’ve been finding goodies at KD’s Soho store, along with a very well-known fashion editor who cleared shelves of the warmers there.

Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna — What Their Handbags Say About Them

Kathryn Eisman

“You can perfectly watch the evolution of celebrity for an actress in relation to her handbag.”  So says Aussie style maven and media personality Kathryn Eisman, who claims she has put two years of dedicated study into her unique psychological profiling approach.  For instance:  “Katie Holmes is a perfect example.  She started off looking, well, quite homely on the red carpet — the one-strap shoulder bag girl next door, the bag probably nobody styled.

Katie Holmes

Along comes Tom Cruise and we saw her transformed with an Hermes bag that captured the imagination, the ultimate power player French luxury bag.”  Make that a $40,000 French luxury bag, according to Eisman.  She adds, “Now she’s more the Armani Prive, a little softer, maybe much more in keeping with who she is.

“Jennifer Lopez is another fantastic example,” says Eisman – who’s heading to the States over the weekend for New York and L.A. promotional chores on behalf of her new “How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag” book next week.  She goes on, “When she was in her Jenny From the Block period, she carried the almost ghetto chic bling bag.  She grew up, and went into the streamlined, structured ladylike elegant bag.  Re-entering the spotlight after the birth of her twins, she went back to a little younger and funkier handbag.”

Rihanna

Rihanna’s choice of purse changed from “sweet, girly, sexy bags to hard, even spiky bags after the Chris Brown incident,” Eisman found.

The pop culture maven does handbag analyses of everyday women in her latest tome, not just those who can afford Hermes.  She’ll be seen on the “Today” show Tuesday (7/6).

Lauren Gottleib on ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ ‘Glee’ Tour and Working with Tom, Katie and Suri

Lauren Gottlieb

Talk about hot!  “So You Think You Can Dance” All Star and “Glee” performer Lauren Gottlieb found herself having to turn down the soon-to-begin “Glee” four-city live tour last week due to her overloaded schedule.  And while she was making that decision, she was busy helping prep Katie Holmes for her dance performance over the weekend at the The Motion Picture & Television Fund’s “A Fine Romance” benefit on the Fox lot.

The super-talented 21-year-old wants us to know she considers Katie a terrific dancer.  “I’m working with Tom as well.  I can’t really talk about that yet,” she told us before the event.  But she could say that the Cruises “are the most amazing, adorable family.”

Especially Suri.  “She’s dancing on the side and I keep trying to teach her little things.  [Holmes] likes it that she’s growing up sort of in-studio, thinking, ‘This is what you do when you grow up.’ She’s four years old and she talks like she’s older than I am.  She’s so grown up already.  She respects everybody and she doesn’t really cause too much chaos in the room.”

But getting back to her “Glee” decision – “I was kind of bummed,” admits Lauren, who plays a member of the rival glee club.  “The dates probably would have fit, but I feel I know what is about to happen with ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’  You’ve got to be in the best shape ever, to be on top of it.  I had the gut feeling that going out on the road and all that involves wouldn’t have been the best thing to do now, and I’ve learned to go with my gut.  Still, I hated to turn it down.  I hope I made the right decision.”

MEANWHILE:  With the premiere of Season 7 of “SYTYCD” coming up May 27, Lauren expects to be caught up “24/7” as she and the other returning All Stars work with the Top 10 new contestants.  “I’m stoked.  I think it’s going to be totally amazing.  We’ll be with the top five guys and top five girls only – the best of the best, training and really getting into it like a boot camp.”  And, not unlike the pros on “Dancing With the Stars,” the All Stars “don’t get kicked off, which is a plus, and we don’t get judged.”

It will be demanding.  “Just knowing how it was when I was on the show in Season 3, the pattern that we had with an 8 a.m. rehearsal for two hours, then going for wardrobe fittings and something to eat, and then rehearsals for anther dance number and then another costume fitting, all definitely with the same partner.  Now all the All Stars may be dancing twice in one episode, but not necessarily with the same person.”  Stay tuned.

NOT SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE:  Daniel Sunjata tells us that he’s certainly game to continue portraying Patricia Cornwell’s Wil Garano, since he enjoyed bringing the popular Massachussetts State Police detective character to life in back-to-back TV movies that aired last month on Lifetime.  “But it’s just speculation at this point whether or not there will be more,” he notes.

The actor has been busy working on the final two seasons of “Rescue Me” as firefighter Franco Rivera.  They’ll wrap for good this month, and “I wouldn’t even say I have mixed feelings about that.  My feelings are very clear:  I’m happy for the opportunity to do ‘Rescue Me,’ but I’m definitely ready to move on and show my range,” he says.

Sunjata, who attained his master’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, says his heart’s desire is to return to his acting roots.  “It’s often been said that if your training is in the theater and you stay away too long, your acting muscles start to atrophy.  If I could make the same amount of money on stage that I do on television or film, I would probably only work on stage.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster