Actress Glenn Close reveals she was raised in a cult

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Glenn Close Opens Up About How She Spent Her Childhood In A Cult

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 67-year-old Academy Award nominee admitted she spent several years of her life in a religious cult called the Moral Re-Armament, or MRA. She says she was seven when her father joined the group, which was led by Rev. Frank Buchman, who's described as a "violently anti-intellectual and possibly homophobic evangelical fundamentalist." Close told the Hollywood Reporter, "I wouldn't trust any of my instincts because [my beliefs] had all been dictated to me."

When close's father, a doctor, went to work in Congo to combat the first ebola epidemic in 1976, her and her siblings were taken to the MRA's headquarters in Switzerland where they lived for a number of years. She says she was never allowed to do anything. Close recently returned to Broadway with the play "A Delicate Balance."

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Joaquin Phoenix, brother of River Phoenix, was three when he and his family left the Children of God cult. New York Daily News reports that the Children of God was considered a Christian sex cult where children were encouraged to have sex with adults and other children.

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Academy Award-nominated actor River Phoenix left the Children of God cult when he was seven. New York Daily News reports that the Children of God was considered a Christian sex cult where children were encouraged to have sex with adults and other children. Phoenix told Details magazine that he was four when he first “made love.” The encounter was with “kids.”

Phoenix died in 1993 a drug overdose outside of Johnny Depp's nightclub, but his life was just as tragic.

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Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was part of cult called breatharians when she first started out in Hollywood. They believe that you only need mediation, light and air to survive. 

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Rose McGowan was also a part of the Children of God cult that the Phoenix family was involved with. She told People that she lived on a duke's property in Italy with "50 to 60 hippies."  

 McGown said "You weren't allowed to have imperfections. I had a little wart on my thumb, and I remember walking down this hallway-a door opened and some adult grabbed me and just cut it off with a razor blade and stuck me back out in the hallway with it still bleeding." 

Her father took out of the cult when she was nine out of fear that she would be sexually assaulted.

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Glenn Close admitted recently that when she was 7 her dad joined the religious group known as the Moral Re-Armament. She lived at the group headquarters in Switzerland until she was 22. 

Close told Hollywood Reporter "You basically weren't allowed to do anything, or you were made to feel guilty about any unnatural desire" 

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Close moved back to the U.S. at age fifteen to study at a Connecticut boarding school, but claims she couldn't completely cut ties for several years.

She told The Hollywood Reporter, "If you talk to anybody who was in a group that basically dictates how you're supposed to live and what you're supposed to say and how you're supposed to feel, from the time you're 7 till the time you're 22, it has a profound impact on you. I wouldn't trust any of my instincts because (my beliefs) had all been dictated to me."

While she wouldn't go into detail on how she finally left the cult, she did say that she was able to make peace with her father before his death in 2009.

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