'Tommy' Cruise in his G-string: actor's first agent speaks
Eileen Berlin says she didn't expect the Scientologist's marriage to Katie Holmes to last
THE WOMAN who gave Tom Cruise his start in show business has spoken for the first time about her protégée, saying she blames his abusive childhood for his three broken marriages.
The Mail on Sunday reports that Eileen Berlin was Cruise's agent from just after he turned 18 in 1980 for three years. Now 77, she fondly remembers 'Tommy' but says she thought his marriage to Katie Holmes was doomed from the start.
Cruise, born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was beaten and then abandoned by his father. A dyslexic, he struggled at school and was bullied. At the age of 15, he decided to train for the priesthood.
Three years later, however, he had left the seminary and was trying to make it as an actor when he moved into Berlin and her husband's home for three months, arriving with a duffle bag and a guitar. He took to wandering the house in a skimpy G-string, admiring himself in the mirror.
Berlin recalled: "His mom had asked him to leave her house, I think because he had had a teenage drinking problem … he harboured a lot of anger and resentment at his natural father, who had deserted him and his three sisters."
Berlin remembers Cruise having trouble controlling his anger at times, though she described him as "sweet, respectful and mannerly to a fault". On one occasion, he threw a scrapbook at her, bruising her cheek.
She added: "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."