The Girl Next Door
New book echoes Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
By Richard Johnson
Tom Cruise, call your lawyer.
“Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper,’’ a fake Hollywood memoir by Hilary Liftin just out this week, features a Katie Holmes-like narrator dishing the dirt on her marriage to a Tom Cruise-like star she calls Rob Mars, who is a member of a Scientology-like religion she calls One Cell Studio.
“I know that people want to hear my side of the story,” the book begins. “I’ve been asked the same questions every time I’ve stepped into daylight for more than seven years. Lizzie! Lizzie! Why did you marry Rob Mars? Was it a career move or do you really love him? Is he gay?”
Liftin — a ghostwriter for Miley Cyrus, Tori Spelling, Tatum O’Neal and Mackenzie Phillips — was inspired, say her publicists at Penguin Random House, “while reading the tabloids and daydreaming about the celebrities she would most like to ghostwrite for.”
The author, who declined to be interviewed, is quoted in promotional materials as saying, “Lizzie Pepper is fictitious .?.?. my dream client come to life.”
But the book details how Pepper’s children are being brainwashed and quotes her as saying, “I left my husband in order to free my sons from a life of extreme privilege and loneliness.”
Liftin’s publicist Megan Beatie said, “This book has been carefully vetted by lawyers.”
Lawyer Bert Fields, who has been defending Cruise and the Church of Scientology for decades, told me, “I’ll hold my comments ’til I’ve read the book.”