Michelle Pfeiffer has been telling tales of a brief cult background when she first came to Hollywood. The “Dangerous Liaisons” and “Batman Returns” actress once spent some time in a group, reports FOX News on Monday, Nov. 4, that believed people could exist on sunlight. Only on sunlight, that is, without a need for food or water.
The cult, Michelle Pfeiffer reveals, was run by a “very controlling” couple – not uncommon for a cult – who followed a practice known as breatharianism , which holds that humans can live without food or water. But as most people understand, not even plants can do that – even though plants can take energy from the sun. And it did not take long for Michelle Pfeiffer to realize the strict, almost foodless and waterless diet was one that “nobody can adhere to.”
But Pfeiffer did not recognize the seductive signs of cult behavior until she met Peter Horton, who became her first husband, who was researching a quasi- Christian organization known as the “Moonies.” She reports: “We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the psychological manipulation and I just clicked.”
It isn’t always that easy to see that a person is being manipulated. Michelle Pfeiffer, with her brief cult background, may have been luckier than she realized.