Hosted by Centre for Inquiry Toronto
Center for Inquiry Canada presents:
The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper
An evening with Tony Ortega and Paulette Cooper
June 22, 7:30 pm
Toronto Public Library, Northern District
40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto,
Tickets available at the door:
$10.00 general admission
$5.00 for CFI members
In 1971 Paulette Cooper wrote a scathing book about the Church of Scientology. Desperate to shut the book down, Scientology unleashed on her one of the most sinister personal campaigns the free world has ever known. The onslaught, which lasted years, drove her to the brink of suicide. The story of Paulette’s terrifying ordeal is told in full for the first time in “The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.” It reveals the shocking details of the darkest chapter in Scientology’s checkered history, which ended with senior members in prison, and the organization’s reputation permanently damaged.
Tony Ortega, the former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, spent two years working with Cooper, interviewing her and reviewing her personal papers, as well as interviewing dozens of people, many of whom have never spoken publicly before, in order to piece together this stunning account of what it can cost someone to unearth Scientology’s secrets.
His sources include witnesses to Cooper’s harassment and, in a few cases, people who took part in it. Those interviews, as well as documents which have never been previously made public, provide the first full telling of what Paulette Cooper experienced — from her childhood in a Nazi concentration camp, to her life as a New York magazine writer, to becoming the most famous target of Scientology’s revenge...