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Celebrities Rumored to be Mormon
Celebrities with Mormon Relatives, who received the discussions or just  rumored to be LDS

 



Christina Aguilera
Christina's parents met at Brigham Young University and married in the Washington, D.C. Temple. They were divorced when she was seven. When she was nine, her mother was still receiving home teachers, but it is unclear if Christina herself was baptized.
 
Travis Barker
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Travis Barker
He was drummer for Aquabats and Blink 182. Aquabats is a ska band that has had various Mormon members over the years.
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 Alice Cooper
His father's name was Ether Moroni Furnier. Jay Evenson, who is the Deseret News' editorial page editor and teaches an opinion writing class at BYU, interviewed him once. His family belonged to an offshoot of the LDS Church, but his father was later ordained a minister in the Baptist church.
Source: Here's the skinny on LDS celebrity urban legends by Pete Thunell, BYU News Net, 28 Nov 2000.
Elvis
 Elvis Presley
What do you think of when someone mentions Elvis Presley? What you probably don't think of is his spiritual side, witnessed by notes he left in a Book of Mormon.

Movie Shows Spiritual Side of Elvis click here to read the story on KSL

While he was filming Blue Hawaii (1961), filmmakers used the Polynesian Cultural Center as one of the locations. At that time Bobby Kauo taught him the discussions. Brother Kauo was a high councilor for the BYU 9th Stake in 2000.
Source: Here's the skinny on LDS celebrity urban legends by Pete Thunell, BYU News Net, 28 Nov 2000.

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Tom Hanks
 Tom Hanks
Born in California, Tom Hanks grew up in what he calls a 'fractured' family. He moved around a lot, living with a succession of step-families. No problems, no abuse, no alcoholism, just a confused childhood.
 

His step-mother, Winifred Hanks, was a Protestant who became enamored with the Mormon church sometime after she was married to Tom's father in Nevada. Her interest in the Mormon Church was one of the reasons this marriage broke up after only two years.
Source: Tom Hanks: The Unauthorized Biography by David Gardner, London, UK: Blake Publishing Ltd. (1999)

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Melissa Harris-Perry
Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry:  Television Host, Writer, professor, and Political Commentator. Melissa's Ancestors were Mormons as discussed here 

Harris-Perry: Don’t dislike Romney because he’s a Mormon

Jewel
 Jewel
She was born in Payson, Utah to Mormon parents. According to Jewel, she was "raised a Mormon until the age of eight." She moved to Alaska with her father when her parents divorced, but the question of her own baptism remains a mystery.

Larry King
Larry King is an agnostic Jew, but he attends church occasionally with his wife, Shawn King, a "devout Mormon." He has been friendly to the Church in the media, and he has interviewed President Gordon B. Hinkley.
King Interview with Hinckley, 08 Sep 1998

Mike Wallace interview with King, 04 Feb 2004


 Steve Martin
The rumors regarding Steve Martin's membership in the Church seem to stem from a ring he wore in a television interview in 1996. Some apparently thought that it was a CTR ring. Many people asked his public relations people many times, but they avoided the question. Finally, in 2001, he said:
"I'm not a Mormon."
 

An email from a visitor to Famous Mormons

 I was present at the birth of the "Steve Martin is a Mormon" rumor.  It was sometime in the early 90s. I had been a member of the Mormon  Tabernacle Choir for a few years when a member of the Choir told us  one Sunday morning that his son had baptized Steve Martin back in  Hilton Head, South Carolina. I'm sure that many Choir members did  what I did. I told everyone I met about it. I even announced it that  Scott Card's 
Nauvoo site on AOL.
      But the following Sunday when I asked that Choir member for more info  about it, he said, "Oh, I misunderstood my son. He said he baptized a  man named Steve Martin, but it wasn't the famous one."

 

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Roseanne
Roseanne was born to a Jewish family in Salt Lake City, Utah.  From the age of 6 until she was 16 years old she was also active as a Latter-day Saint; however, because of conflict with her grandmother, she was not actually baptized.  In later years she became more committed to Judaism. 
Source: Excerpts from the autobiography of Roseanne about growing up as a Latter-day Saint, LDS Film

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Mike Weir

Although you may find articles online that state Mike Weir is LDS he is not a member of the church.  He did attend B.Y.U.

Weir made the less obvious choice, opting for the Mormon university with a strict dress code and policies against drinking Coke, coffee or even Canadian beer. Weir is not Mormon.I asked him what made him make that choice," said his mother, Rosalie. "And he said, 'Mom, if I go to any other university I might tend to party. I won't there. I want the discipline.'"He struggled his first year at BYU but soon got comfortable. The young Canadian developed into an All-American by his senior year. He also fell in love with his future wife and with the outdoors lifestyle in Utah - he would settle in nearby Draper.

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Fay Wray
Despite her Mormon ethnicity and family background, she was not a baptized member of the Church.  By the time she was born, her mother was no longer a churchgoer.  Even in her youth, she considered herself a non-member, growing up among Latter-day Saints.  When she returned to Cardston for celebrations in her honor, the leaders of that Latter-day Saint town welcomed her warmly, but also considered her to be non-LDS.  They even made wine available for her.
Source: On the Other Hand by Fay Wray

 

 “Rumored to be Mormons” section of Famous Mormons.

I have received hundreds of e-mails asking if actor Steve Martin is LDS. The answer is no. Steve Martin was actually raised in a Southern Baptist home. Why did this rumor start? I still haven’t uncovered the original reason, but there are a number of stories that made people think Steve is a Mormon.

The most popular rumor is that Steve was wearing a CTR ring on a late night talk show. This has never been verified. To add a sense of mystery, another rumor states that he was “secretly” baptized into the Church. According to some e-mails, someone had baptized Steve Martin, then he wrote home and told his family about it. The news spread pretty quickly, only to find out the new convert wasn’t that Steve Martin.

Popular singer Jewel was born in Payson, Utah, to Mormon parents. According to Jewel, she was “raised a Mormon until the age of eight.” She moved to Alaska with her father when her parents divorced, but the question of her own baptism remains a mystery. Another singer, Christina Aguilera, has a similar story of her LDS parents divorcing when she was young. There is no evidence she was ever baptized.

Broadcast journalist Larry King is an agnostic Jew, but he attends LDS services occasionally with his wife, Shawn Southwick King, a “devout Mormon.” He has been friendly to the Church in the media, and he has interviewed President Gordon B. Hinckley. That association makes some incorrectly think he is a Mormon.

Actress Roseanne Barr was born to a Jewish family in Salt Lake City, Utah. From the age of 6 until she was 16 years old, she actively attended LDS meetings. However, because of a conflict with her grandmother, she was not actually baptized. In later years she became more committed to Judaism.

Fay Wray, the actress who starred in the original  movie version of King Kong, was not LDS. According to her book On the Other Hand, she was not a baptized member, despite her Mormon ethnicity and family background. By the time she was born, her mother was no longer attending church. Even in her youth, she considered herself a non-member growing up among Latter-day Saints. When she returned to Cardston, Alberta, Canada, for celebrations in her honor, the leaders of that predominantly LDS town welcomed her warmly, but they also considered her to be non-LDS. They even made wine available for her.

Of course, I will still continue to receive e-mails telling me that these people are LDS. After all, a friend of their mother was talking to somebody who used to work near the LDS Church Office Building and that person’s brother’s wife chatted with a BYU student who is a returned missionary at the bowling alley who heard from her volleyball coach that Steve Martin is a Mormon.

 

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