Stanley Kubrick’s Family Torn Apart by Disconnection
The UK Guardian has just published an important article revealing for the first time the destruction of Stanley Kubrick’s family by Scientology. The revelation now makes film icon Kubrick the most prominent celebrity upon whom Scientology has inflicted irreparable damage.
At an open-air screening of Stanley Kubrick’s film Paths of Glory. at Somerset House on the Strand in London, Kubrick’s widow Christiane Kubrick spoke of the loss of her daughter Katharine to Hodgkin’s Disease. She also revealed to the world for the first time the loss of another of her three daughters, Vivian, to Scientology. In her remarks about Vivian she said:
But she was hugely loved. And now I’ve lost her.” She pauses. “You know that? I used to keep all this a secret as I was hoping it would go away. But now I’ve lost hope. So. She’s gone.”
A talented musician, composer, and director who composed the score for Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, Vivian got involved in Scientology around the time Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut was in post-production. Kubrick wanted her to compose the music for the film. Vivian refused and disappeared into Scientology.
Kubrick pleaded with her to no avail. She showed up at Kubrick’s funeral with a Scientology “handler.” Thereafter she broke off all communication even as her sister Katharine was dying of cancer and did not attend her funeral.
Those familiar with Scientology and its policy of disconnection will recognize what is going on here. When Stanley Kubrick objected to Vivian’s involvement in Scientology she was obliged to “handle or disconnect”, that is, get him to shut up and stop criticizing Scientology or completely severe all communications with her family. Scientologists are required to disconnect from any family member or friend who is critical of Scientology or risk expulsion from the group.
Compliance with Scientology’s policy of disconnection is not optional; it is mandatory. All Scientologists from Greta Van Susteren down to the poorest teenager sucked into Scientology are required to disconnect at Scientology command or face being declared a Suppressive Person which would strip them of their belief system and make them an outcast to the friends and family members left behind in the group.
Failure to disconnect could have subjected Vivian to punishment by Scientology including public disclosure of confidential information in her Scientology counseling folders.
This has been the case with recent defectors like Amy Scobee, who spoke out about Scientology abuses in the St. Petersburg Times’ important investigative report, The Truth Rundown, which set off a continuing stream of mainstream media reports about Scientology abuses including Laurie Goodstein’s front page story in the New York Times and Anderson Cooper’s five-part series at CNN, Scientology: A History of Violence.
Scobee was a high-ranking executive responsible for the Celebrity Centers that cater to Vivian and other Los Angeles entertainment industry celebrities. In response to Scobee’s revelations Scientology Public Relations spokesman, Tommy Davis, son of Scientology actress Anne Archer, smeared her with purportedly confidential personal information. Scobee said, “If my folders are confidential, why is Tommy Davis talking about my sex life?”
Also to be noted in Christiane Kubrick’s account is the presence of a handler from Scientology’s intelligence agency, the Office of Special Affairs (OSA) at Kubrick’s funeral.
Anti-Scientology criticism from Kubrick’s family made his funeral a potential source of trouble and a possible PR flap It also presented the risk of Vivian defecting from Scientology.
OSA is responsible for all public and government relations for Scientology. Tommy Davis is a member of OSA and Scientology’s chief spokesman. Davis accused editor Randy Sly of Catholic Online of “promoting religious hatred and violence” for criticizing Scientology in his many articles. OSA produced a major smear job on Anderson Cooper in Scientology’s Freedom magazine and distributed copies along with a defamatory DVD in front of CNN offices in Los Angeles.
While Kubrick is now the most eminent celebrity to have his family destroyed by Scientology, Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis remains the most prominent celebrity to defect from the cult. After 35-years in Scientology he resigned in an email to Tommy Davis, which has been widely reported in the media.
Haggis was outraged at the violation of Amy Scobee’s confidential information and Davis’ blatant lying in denying that the policy of disconnection exists. Haggis’ wife had been forced to disconnect from her own parents.
Disconnection is the most wide-spread damage Scientology does in society for it affects not only individual Scientologists, but entire networks of family, friend, and business relationships.
There are tens of thousands of families like Kubrick’s that have been destroyed by disconnection. One of the most heart-breaking is that of Allan Henderson. Henderson died of cancer disconnected from five of his six children and all twenty-two of his grandchildren.
Christiane Kubrick has given up hope. Scientology has rendered her daughter effectively dead to her.
Other parents need not yet despair if voices in society will speak up strongly denouncing disconnection and all of Scientology’s other human rights abuses such as coerced abortion, which is becoming an increasing concern particularly in the pro-life community after the recent exhaustive report in the St. Petersburg Times – No Kids Allowed.
Amy Scobee is the former Scientology executive most knowledgeable about Scientology’s control and manipulation of Scientology celebrities like Vivian Kubrick. She has recently published a book, Scientology: Abuse At The Top available at Amazon and her website, Scobee Publishing. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.