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John Travolta says the Scientology has kept him from meeting the same fate as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.
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updated 4/25/2007 9:03:39 AM ET 2007-04-25T13:03:39

John Travolta doesn’t suffer from lack of ego. The “Wild Hogs” star recently boasted that he was as big a star as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe — but didn’t suffer the same fate as them because of his values and religion.

“I have fame on the level of a Marilyn Monroe or an Elvis, but part of the reason I didn’t go the way they did was because of my beliefs,” Travolta told the Irish Independent.

The star went on to credit his sometimes controversial religion for the difference between his fate and theirs.

“People make judgments about it [Scientology], but often they don’t know what they’re talking about,” Travolta said. “I would advise anyone who wants to know about it to read up on it. We [the Church of Scientology] are only getting bigger and we help people all over the world, from disaster zones to drug rehabilitation.”

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Travolta also explained how he used his celeb status to help Scientology in Germany, where it had been under attack in some circles. “We were having a problem in Germany [where some critics called Scientology a money-making entity rather than a religion],” he told the Independent. “I talked to [former president Bill] Clinton who talked to Chancellor Kohl and things have improved since then.”

More than friends?
Is Lindsay Lohan more than just friends with her new best friend Samantha Ronson?

Former Hollywood publicist Jonathan Jaxson says on his blog that “all my sources” insist that the Mean Girls star is getting cozy with Samantha Ronson.

“Maybe she was tired of the boys and that is why she decided to spice it up with BFF Samantha Ronson,” notes Jaxson.

But another source dismisses the talk. “Oh, please, that’s silly,” says the source. “Lindsay just loves to have fun and mix it up a bit.”

Notes from all over
Salma Hayek says women are unfairly pressed to have children. “I think it’s terrible women are put in that position. Motherhood is not for everyone — it is for me, but there’s no reason women should feel rushed to have a child,” she told the upcoming issue of Marie Claire. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but society thinks if you don’t have children, you’ve failed as a woman, even if you are CEO of a company. You’ve got to be beautiful, smart, skinny, tall, rich, successful at your job, married to the right guy — and have genius children.” ... David Gest says he went to Michael Jackson’s plastic surgeon at the pop star’s urging. “One day I thought, ‘Ugh! I look older than the people I represent’. Michael had had a little nose thinning done so I knew I could do something about my face,” the producer told the London Mirror. “I went to his plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Hoefflin, to do something with my nose. All of a sudden I decided to have a nose job and facelift in one operation, and have cheek implants and a cleft chin in another a week later.” He scoffs, however, at reports that his eyebrows are tattooed on. “When I go out I just fill the patches with black Mac eye shadow. I don’t care if people know about that, I’ve always been very honest. But people say I’ve tattooed on my eyebrows — that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard!” ... Pamela Anderson is laughing off photos that show her on vacation and looking not quite the "Baywatch" babe that some remember. “I’ve just been sent some pics from Hawaii — I have to laugh — well at least the world knows I don’t get Botox — ha!” she noted. “I’m much hotter in my mind — (I swear I look better) then again I hardly check a mirror before I go outside — may start doing that more.  I may have to start working out too though — genes and gymnastics have gotten me this far.”

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