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The Shortlist for Nov. 4

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Michelle Pfeiffer reveals she was once part of a cultMichelle Pfeiffer is an avowed vegan, but those dietary restrictions are nothing compared to the demands of a group the actress was involved with back in the '80s. In a new interview with the Telegraph's Sunday magazine, Pfeiffer reveals that she was once part of a cult of breatharians -- people who strive to live on nothing but sunlight. She says she had begun working with a couple that she initially saw as "kind of personal trainers." But when her then-husband, Peter Horton, was cast in a film about a cult, it dawned on her that "I was in one." The film was about the Moonies (followers of Rev Moon Sun-myung's Unification Church) and the actress, now 55, says she was helping Horton with his research. "We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked," she recalls."They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism," Pfeiffer continues. "They were very controlling. I wasn't living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining. They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian."The Huffington Post reports that least four breatharians (people who eschew food and water) have died in the recent past from their attempts to subsist on sunshine and spirtuality alone.
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