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Celebrities Who Were Raised In Cults

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People join cults for all different sorts of reasons. And while many of these groups are viewed as controversial, outliers, and even dangerous, they all have one thing in common: they appear to bring a sense of community to their group. This is a list of celebrities who were raised in cults and/or on communes. For a list specifically about the Church of Scientology, check out this list of celebrities who were raised Scientologists

Who is the most famous person who was raised in a cult? Joaquin Phoenix tops this list. The Her actor was raised in the Children of God group until he was two years old. His family adopted the surname "Phoenix" after leaving the cult. His older brother, Stand By Me actor River Phoenix was also raised in the Children of God. Other celebs whose parents were cult members include Emily Schromm and Glenn Close. Winona Ryder lived on the Rainbow Commune in California. 

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