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Posing in his G-string and with a temper like fury... Tommy Cruise before I won him fame

By Sharon Churcher

PUBLISHED: 16:00 EST, 7 July 2012 | UPDATED: 18:30 EST, 7 July 2012
Different man: Eileen Berlin, Tom Cruise's manager from 1980-1983 reveals how the star has turned his life around

Different man: Eileen Berlin, Tom Cruise's manager from 1980-1983 reveals how the star has turned his life around

She became his surrogate mother and mentor when he was on the cusp of fame. And, as one of the few outsiders to whom Tom Cruise has ever been close, his former personal manager, Eileen Berlin, says that she knew from the start that his relationship with Katie Holmes was doomed.

Breaking her silence for the first time since she signed the actor as her client soon after his 18th birthday, Mrs Berlin said last week that she blamed his pent-up anger created by an abusive childhood for his three broken marriages.

As a child, the star, born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, suffered from dyslexia, was bullied by his peers, and  beaten and then abandoned  by his father.

At 15, he entered a seminary, intending to become a priest.

Mrs Berlin, now 77, ran a  New York film and theatrical management agency with her late husband and met Cruise some three years later, after he dropped his surname and made acting his calling instead.

‘His mom had asked him to leave her house, I think because he had had a teenage drinking problem,’ Mrs Berlin said.

‘She had remarried and he harboured  a lot of anger and resentment at his natural father, who had deserted him and his three sisters.

‘Every time I saw him, he would be with a girl, but I never saw him with the same girl twice. It was almost like he  had to prove he was wanted – or maybe he wanted to feel loved.

‘I wasn’t surprised Katie  broke up with him. I was just surprised it lasted as long as it did. I was surprised when he married his first wife, Mimi Rogers, and I was surprised it lasted ten years a second time, with Nicole Kidman.
‘Tom was moody and would get angry in a snap of your fingers. It was like something was smouldering and it would boil up and explode.’

Carrying a guitar and a  duffle bag stuffed with a few possessions, Cruise moved  into the manager’s Manhattan apartment for three months after he signed up with her company. In 1981, he signed the contract for his breakthrough action film, Taps.

Mrs Berlin arranged for him to pose for publicity portraits. In one of them, dressed in tight jeans and a tank top, he strikes a belligerent pose and flexes his muscles but in others, he smiles with innocent charm.

Close: Proof sheets of a photo shoot of Tom Cruise taken in 1981 when Eileen Berlin was his manager; on top is birthday note he wrote to Eileen

‘By the time I met him, he had decided he could be a star,’ she said. ‘He wanted to be treated like a star and he acted like a star. He would walk around my house in a little G-string strap and nothing else. I had a mirrored wall and he would stand in front of it, flexing his biceps and admiring himself.

‘I was a bit embarrassed but he liked to show off his body.  He had a great pride in it.’

Though he could be moody,  the young lodger also had a charming side. Mrs Berlin said: ‘He was sweet, respectful and mannerly to a fault. He always addressed me as “ma’am” and my husband as “sir”. But he was so private, he couldn’t show his true feelings. You would get so far and he would close down. I am sure his wives would have come up against that barrier.’

‘He would channel his rage into his roles,’ Mrs Berlin said.

‘For Taps, he locked himself in the closet. He said he thought about someone raping his sister before he filmed a scene where he blasted a machine gun. Once, my husband and I took him out for lunch while they were on location and a waitress said, “Are you one of the actors?’’ Tom said to us, “Please tell her not to ask me any questions. I’m  still in character.” ’ 

Another time, a row broke out when Mrs Berlin gave him a surprise birthday present – an album in which she had pasted photos of him from fan magazines. Mrs Berlin said: ‘He screamed, “I didn’t want to be in the teen mags.” He threw the album hard at me and it hit me on the cheek.’

THEIR professional relationship ended in 1983 but they stayed in touch and during a subsequent dinner, he mentioned the Church of Scientology, crediting it with helping him overcome his childhood learning disorder. Mrs Berlin says she started to receive invitations to church events.

‘I think Tom was the perfect candidate for Scientology,’  she said.

‘He didn’t believe in therapy but he obviously needed help. He just couldn’t have a relationship and I think that was because you have to open yourself up and he’d been too hurt by his father to do that.

‘The world sees this  good-looking guy, worth millions. I still just see this  little boy.’

“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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He was - and is - a nut case.  He's just what Scientology likes.
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