Paulette Cooper Biography
Paulette Marcia Cooper is an American author whose writing against the Church of Scientology resulted in harassment from Scientologists. Her books have sold close to half a million copies.
Paulette Cooper Age
Paulette Marcia Cooper was born on July 26, 1942 in Belgium. She is 77 years old as of 2019.
Paulette Cooper Husband
Cooper is a married woman to his husband Paul Noble, a television producer. The couple live in Palm Beach, Florida. They have authored four books together.
Early life Paulette Cooper
Born in Belgium, Cooper’s parents who died at Auschwitz concentration camp. After the war, she spent years in various orphanages in Belgium, until she was adopted by the Cooper family and moved to the United States at age 6. Cooper became an American citizen when she was 8.
She started her freelance writing career in 1968, after completing a master’s degree in psychology. As a result of her earlier study of comparative religion at Harvard University for a summer, Cooper became interested in new religious movements and began studying the Church of Scientology in 1968 in order to write about it.
Paulette Cooper Career
Cooper has written a total of 23 books covering a variety of subjects.
Cooper’s Conflict with Scientology
Cooper’s conflict with Scientology started in 1970 when the Church of Scientology filed suit against her in a British court for a critical article she wrote that was published in London’s Queen magazine. Her 1971 book The Scandal of Scientology was an expansion of the work she had begun with the article.
The book earned her more negative attention from members of Scientology and that same year the Church filed a second lawsuit against Cooper in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the years to come, Scientology instituted a total of nineteen lawsuits against her from all over the world; she counter-sued them three times.
As Cooper continued to investigate Scientology over the years, she became the target of several harassment campaigns, including a Scientology campaign known as Operation Freakout, the goal of which was to deter Cooper from criticizing Scientology by having her “incarcerated in a mental institution or jail or at least to hit her so hard that she drops her attacks.”
In another campaign titled “Operation Dynamite,” the Church of Scientology sent itself forged bomb threats, purportedly from Cooper, using her stationery with her fingerprints on it; it also planned to send bomb threats to Henry Kissinger, among others. The campaign was discovered in 1977 when the FBI raided Scientology offices and recovered documents relating to the operation. Sometime in 1977, Cooper’s assassination was possibly planned, along with another murder, but it is unknown whether or not it was attempted. In 1985, The Church of Scientology finally agreed to an out-of-court settlement with Cooper. Tony Ortega released a book in May 2015, about Cooper, entitled The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper.
Paulette Cooper Awards and Honors
The American Society of Journalists and Authors in 1992, awarded Cooper their highest honor, the prestigious Conscience-in-Media Award. Cooper has also won five other writing awards for her other books and numerous articles on a variety of subjects unrelated to cults.
Paulette Cooper Books
- The Scandal of Scientology. Tower Publications
- Growing up Puerto Rican. Signet, 1973.
- The Medical Detectives. D. McKay Co., 1973.
- Let’s Find Out About Halloween. Reader’s Digest Services, 1977.
- Reward! (co-written by Paul Noble). Pocket Books, 1994.
- The 100 Top Psychics in America (co-written by Paul Noble). Pocket Books, 1996.
- 277 Secrets Your Cat Wants You to Know (co-written by Paul Noble). Ten Speed Press, 1997.
- 277 Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know (co-written by Paul Noble). Ten Speed Press, 1998.
- 277 Secrets Your Snake and Lizard Wants You to Know. Ten Speed Press, 1999.
- The Most Romantic Resorts for Destination Weddings, Marriage Renewals & Honeymoons (co-written by Paul Noble). S.P.I. Books, 2002.
- Was Elvis Jewish?: Plus Hundreds of Amazing & Amusing Anecdotes No Rabbi Ever Told You.
- My First 83 Years Paul Noble and Paulette Cooper Noble, 2018.
- Battlefield Scientology : exposing L. Ron Hubbard’s dangerous “religion” (co-written by Tony Ortega) Polo Publishing of Palm Beach, 2018.
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