11 Absolutely Bonkers Things You Should Know About Marianne Williamson (2022)

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There were many standout moments during the 2019 Democratic debates last night: Sen. Kamala Harris shutting down former Vice President Joe Biden; Rep. Eric Swalwell’s awkward, Real Housewives-esue opening joke about Washington politics; and Sen. Bernie Sanders snapping at Rachel Maddow for (accurately) quoting him on his previous stance on guns.

But according to many on social media, the star of the debate hands-down was Marianne Williamson. Best known as a spiritual guru (a term she eschews) and F.O.O. (Friend Of Oprah), Williamson stood out among the crowd of Democratic hopefuls: with her husky, Southern-fried accent, her tendency toward histrionics, and her predilection for referring to national heads of state as “girlfriend,” she came off like a cross between Stevie Nicks, a Tennessee Williams character, and your mom after she took too much Xanax on a plane.

Williamson became well-known during the 1980s as a spiritual leader in California, and became a monstrous success in the publishing world with her 1992 self-help book A Return to Love. She’srun for public office before: in 2014, she campaigned to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman for the 33rd Congressional District of California. (She lost, badly.) But she’s primarily known as a best-selling author of self-help tomes likeher most recent book,A Politics of Love,which calls for a political revolution driven by love and acceptance.

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Although Williamson has no actual political experience and came off during the debate as less than a polished establishment candidate (or as a “spectacular witch,” as one Twitter user put it), it would be unfair to characterize her run as mere PR stunt, nor are her political views wildly off-kilter: indeed, many of her views on issues such as immigration and reproductive rights are shared by other candidates, and she’s long been a staunch advocate for issues such as reparations for black Americans. She also has an established background in activism, serving as an ally for the LGBTQ community since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and providing compassion and support for those suffering from the disease at a time when few others had the courage to do so.

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That said, in the context of a presidential election, Williamson’s background — not to mention many of her beliefs — are, shall we say, a little bit unorthodox. Here’s a list of 11 absolutely wild things you need to know about the self-proclaimed “bitch from God” — or, put another way, here are the most Marianne Williamson facts about Marianne Williamson.

1) She’s been endorsed by Kim Kardashian
Marianne Williamson has built a tremendous following in Hollywood, attracting such fans as Alanis Morrisette, Eva Longoria, and Jane Lynch (all of whom recorded endorsement videos for Williamson when she campaigned to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman for the 33rd Congressional District of California back in 2014). By far her most prominent fan, however — other than Oprah, of course — is Kim Kardashian, who publicly endorsed Williamson on Instagram during her 2014 campaign. Kardashian referred to Williamson as “very inspiring” and posted a photo with her and fashion designer (and rumored former Jay-Z paramour) Rachel Roy. So far, though, she hasn’t said a thing about her bid for 2020.

2. She used to be roomies with Big Little Liesstar Laura Dern
Among Williamson’s Hollywood acolytes is Laura Dern, star of HBO’s Big Little Liesand Gay Twitter favorite. The latter community was set aflame when, following the debate, multiple outlets reported that for a brief period in the 1980s, Williamson and Dern had lived together, according to a New York Timesprofile on Dern. Dern later explained to the Guardian that she had wanted to become legally emancipated from her parents, but was only allowed to do so on the condition that she live with family friend Williamson, who was 15 years older — thus permanently cementing Williamson’s status as Spiritual Mommy.

laura dern and marianne williamson were roommates!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/rutrhY1Wfa

— corbin dewitt (@corbin_dewitt) June 28, 2019

3) She spent part of her youth dabbling in “bad boys and good dope”
Before establishing her bona fides as a spiritual leader on the West Coast, Williamson spent her twenties somewhat adrift, temping and briefly working as a cabaret singer. Her life in early 1970s New York City, as she described it in a Los AngelesMagazine profile, was a haze of “bad boys and good dope.” It wasn’t until she was gifted with a copy of the spiritual text A Course In Miraclesthat she says she found her calling, and started lecturing about it at a Los Angeles bookstore. “I had no idea that it would change my life forever,” she said.

4) She also spent some time living in a commune in a geodesic dome in New Mexico
For those who didn’t major in architectural history in college, that’s a hemispheric structure made up of tiny triangles, the most prominent example of which is in the seminal mid-90s Pauly Shore filmBio-dome. Williamson said in a 2009 interview that she spent most of her time growing vegetables there, which is about the only thing one imagines one can do while living on a commune in a geodesic dome in New Mexico.

5) The author of the book that inspired Williamson’s spiritualist career claimed it had been personally dictated to her by Jesus
Williams creditsA Course In Miracles — a 1,000-plus-page text that advocates for love as a means of achieving spiritual transformation — as a major influence on her work. When it was initially published in 1976, the author remained anonymous; it was later revealed that clinical psychologist Helen Shucman, who passed away in 1981, had written it. Shucman claimed she had been inspired to write it when she started hearing the voice of Jesus, and that Jesus had personally dictated it to her in a series of dreams and visions. If the extremely abstruse language used in the text is any indication (“God’s extending outward, though not His completeness, is blocked when the Sonship does not communicate with Him as one,” one exemplary passage reads), apparently, Jesus is not a great writer.

6) Williamson is critical of vaccines
At a campaign event in New Hampshire last week, Williamson drew controversy when she referred to mandatory vaccination as “Orwellian” and “draconian.” (The Centers for Disease Control refutes this, and argues that mandatory vaccination is necessary to maintain the threshold for herd immunity against preventible childhood illnesses like measles, which led to 110,000 global deaths in 2017.)

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Williamson later (sort of) clarified her stance. “I understand that many vaccines are important and save lives. I recognize there are epidemics around the world that are stopped by vaccines,” Williamson said in astatement on Twitter. “I also understand some of the skepticism that abounds today about drugs which are rushed to market by Big Pharma. I am sorry that I made comments which sounded as though I question the validity of life-saving vaccines. That is not my feeling and I realize that I misspoke.” Many, however, were unswayed, pointing out the both sides-ism of her statement and calling Williamson out for her history of criticizing mandatory vaccination, including a 2011 Facebook post where she said, “the issue isn’t black and white.”

7) She reportedly helped Steven Tyler get off drugs
In a 2012 interview withRolling Stone, <the Aerosmith frontman credited Williamson with helping him recover from drug and alcohol addiction. (She did not, however, cure him of another one of his vices, apparently saying, “What do they expect? You’ve been a rock star for 20 years,” when doctors tried to treat Tyler for sex addiction.) Tyler also made a cameo appearance at Williamson’s church, singing a gospel version of “Amazing Grace” back in 2001.

8) She officiated one of Elizabeth Taylor’s weddings
According to the law of celebrity probability, Williamson must have been involved in at least one of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor’s eight weddings: specifically, she officiated the last one, to construction worker Larry Fortensky, whom Taylor wed in 1991. Though the marriage didn’t last, Williamson and Taylor forged a lifelong bond, with the latter claiming that Williamson’s “sense of spirituality triggered off my own.”

9) She is allegedly not the best person to work for.
While perhaps unsurprising that someone who describes herself as a “bitch for God” would be a less than ideal manager, Williamson’s fans were shocked when, in 1992,Entertainment Weeklypublished a story alleging that Williamson used bullying and intimidation tactics to keep her employees in line, with one former Williamson acolyte criticizing her ”despotic, tyrannical streak and inability even to hear dissent.” The story also claimed that Williamson used her charitable works, such as her Centers for Living and her charities to benefit people with AIDS, as a front to furnish her own brand. Williamson denied the allegations with a response that could best be summarized as “bitches be jealous”: ”I have a dramatic personality,” she told EW. ”If I do things right, it’s a big right; if it’s wrong, it’s a big wrong.”

10) She once gave a speech at Mar-A-Lago
Back in the 1990s, after Williamson opened a Center for Living in Palm Beach, Florida, she was invited to speak at a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s resort in the area. In a 2016 interview, Williamson said that she did not want to go until she received a call from a Trump associate telling her that he had only held the fundraiser as an opportunity for this then-wife Marla Maples to meet Williamson, and that he would cancel it if she did not show up. “I remember being very upset and feeling bullied,” she said. “That’s why I attended the event.”

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11) She really, really, REALLY loved the movie Avatar.
As a viral thread by Buzzfeed reporter Ellie Hall demonstrates, Williamson’s Twitter is, in a word, bonkers, full of exactly the type of spiritualist koans and vaguely comprehensible messages of self-empowerment that one would expect from a self-help guru plugged by Oprah. It is also, essentially, anAvatar=fan account, with Williamson repeatedly plugging the Oscar-winning James Cameron film in a series of rapturous tweets:

All the films were good but AVATAR has changed the world. He didn't win an Oscar tonight, but James Cameron deserves a Nobel Peace Price #fb

— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) March 8, 2010

If you want a simple explanation for what's happening in America, watch AVATAR again.

— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) October 26, 2017

Saw AVATAR tonight. Absolutely unbelievable. Run, don't walk. #fb

— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) January 4, 2010

For the record,Avataris….just OK .

FAQs

What religion does Marianne Williamson practice? ›

Williamson became the "spiritual leader" for the Church of Today, a Unity Church in Warren, Michigan, where she had 2,300 congregants and 50,000 television viewers.

Who is Marianne daughter? ›

What age is Marianne Williamson? ›

Who did Marianne Williamson endorse? ›

On January 10, 2020, Williamson announced she had ended her presidential campaign. She pledged to support the eventual Democratic nominee, but later announced her endorsement for Bernie Sanders at a February 23 rally in Austin, Texas.

What is your deepest fear Marianne Williamson? ›

“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

What are the beliefs of the Horizon Church? ›

We love and value people because Jesus loved and valued people. Horizon is much more than just a crowd on a Sunday, we aim to cultivate authentic relationship and community. We are a strong and healthy church family. We believe that contributing is far better than consuming and that giving is much better than getting.

Who is the demon from Marianne? ›

Marianne Basselin is the main antagonist of the series Marianne, which aired on Netflix on September 13th, 2019. Formerly a living human, she is now an undead witch who lingers on after death due to a devilish contract.

How is Marianne described in the book? ›

In the book, Rooney is deliberate about establishing Marianne as a weird, kind of feral teenager who is considered an “object of disgust at school.” She wears ugly, thick-soled flat shoes, has crooked front teeth and a face that “lacks definition around the cheeks and jaw.” She's the kind of girl who licks her teeth ...

Does Marianne have an ending? ›

Despite the priest being stabbed and shot by Emma when she was possessed by Marianne, he somehow manages to survive. Vowing to kill the evil demon once and for all, he crawls to reach Marianne's grave. Being sucked in as he attempts to set it alight, the priest manages to kill the demon by sacrificing himself.

How old is Marianne at the end of Sense and Sensibility? ›

It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor (age 19) and Marianne (age 16½) as they come of age. They have an older half-brother, John, and a younger sister, Margaret (age 13).
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Sense and Sensibility.
Title page from the original 1811 edition
AuthorJane Austen
Publication date1811
OCLC44961362
Followed byPride and Prejudice
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Where was Marianne Williamson born? ›

Williamson was born in Houston, Texas, in 1952. Williamson studied theater and philosophy at Pomona College in Claremont, California for two years before dropping out in her Junior year and moving to New York City to be a cabaret singer. In 1979, Williamson returned to Houston, where she ran a metaphysical bookstore.

Does Marianne Williamson have a child? ›

Who was Trump's right hand woman? ›

Kellyanne Conway
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byJohn Podesta (as Counselor, 2015)
Succeeded byHope Hicks Johnny DeStefano (as Counselors, 2020)
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Who was the first woman to run for the Democratic nomination? ›

She qualified for the ballot in two states as the nominee of the Communist Party USA, winning 1,075 votes. In 1972, Shirley Chisholm became the first black candidate for a major party's presidential nomination, and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's nomination.

Who was the first woman to appear on a Republican presidential ticket? ›

In 1964, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith declared her candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, becoming the first woman to actively seek the presidential nomination of a major political party.

What is your biggest fear in life? ›

The fear of failure is one of the most common biggest fear that hold people back from living their best life. In a world that puts successful people on a podium, there can be shame on those who fall short or even worse, try in the first place.

What is the mother greatest fear about her daughter? ›

The survey

For 47 % of first-time and more experienced mothers, the greatest fear is that their child may become ill, followed by not being able to spend enough time with their son or daughter (35.5%) and not knowing why the child is crying (32.7%).

Why we fear our own power? ›

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. The reason that both inadequacy and “power beyond measure” are frightening is that we wind up in the same place—feeling alone. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to become “powerful beyond measure” without being deterred by feeling alone.

Do Pentecostals believe Jesus is God? ›

They believe that there is only one person in the Godhead - Jesus Christ. The United Pentecostal Church International explains it like this: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names of separate persons, but titles of positions held by God. . .

Do Pentecostals go to heaven? ›

Pentecostals believe in both a literal heaven and hell, the former for those who have accepted God's gift of salvation and the latter for those who have rejected it. For most Pentecostals there is no other requirement to receive salvation.

What is a 5 fold church? ›

The concept of the five-fold ministry comes from Ephesians 4:11, "It was He (Jesus) who gave some to be (1) apostles, some to be (2) prophets, some to be (3) evangelists, and some to be (4) pastors and (5) teachers."

What did Marianne symbolize? ›

Marianne represents the permanent values that found her citizens' attachment to the Republic: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity". The earliest representations of a woman wearing a Phrygian cap, an allegorical figure of Liberty and the Republic, made their appearance at the time of the French Revolution.

What does the name Marianne mean? ›

Marianne is a girl's name is of French origin and is a blend of the Latin for Marie, meaning "star of the sea," and the Hebrew for Anne, meaning "grace." To the French, the name symbolizes the spirit of "liberty, equality, and fraternity." Marianne is one of those timeless names that has remained popular for decades.

Is Marianne a villain in Code Geass? ›

Type of Villain

Marianne vi Britannia is one of the two secondary antagonists of the anime series Code Geass (alongside V.V.). She is Lelouch vi Britannia's mother and Empress of the Holy Britannian Empire.

Was Marianne abused? ›

In between, Marianne finds herself in abusive relationships. Her now-deceased father physically abused her, and her brother carries on the tradition when she's at home. Her mother allows it and says Marianne is weak. In dating relationships, Marianne urges men to dominate her, beat her and do whatever else they want.

What mental illness did Marianne have? ›

For instance, Connell has panic attacks and is prone to anxiety. His condition aggravates when he learns that someone he once considered close to him has passed away. Marianne, on the other hand, has issues of self-esteem.

How and why does Marianne become ill? ›

Marianne's illness is a product both of excessive romantic sensibility and of a sequence of physically plausible reactions. On the one hand, her illness begins as a "nervous illness" induced by Willoughby's rejection and her disappointed romantic hopes and dreams.

Does Joe cheat with Marianne? ›

Joe and Marienne almost get together, but Love halts their budding romance. They pretty much did everything a couple would do, such as flirt, kiss, and even sleep together. But they never officially got together because Joe was in a relationship with Love, and Marienne refused to be a homewrecker.

What happens if you dont recruit Marianne? ›

If Marianne was not recruited during the Academy phase, she uniquely does not appear at all during the War phase in Azure Moon, Silver Snow, or Crimson Flower, leaving her fate unknown in these routes.

What does Marianne wear on her head? ›

Marianne is easily recognizable as she always wears a cap. She is depicted on French postage stamps and her statue is in every town hall in France. But just who is “Marianne”? Marianne was the face chosen during the French Revolution to portray the Goddess of Liberty and the Republic.

Does Marianne love Brandon? ›

She eventually falls in love with Colonel Brandon and marries him.

Who does Marianne fall in love with? ›

She looks on Colonel Brandon as an old man, past romance, although he is only thirty-five, and falls headlong in love with the shallow Willoughby: "His person and air were equal to what her fancy had ever drawn for the hero of a favorite story." Always too impulsive, Marianne goes with Willoughby to look over Mrs.

Does Marianne love Colonel? ›

Marianne comes to appreciate Colonel Brandon, and they love each other. Marianne's passion for romance would prevent her from marrying the Colonel if she didn't love him!

Who is Oprah's spiritual leader? ›

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What books has Marianne Williamson written? ›

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What religion are the Duck Dynasty family? ›

The Robertson men—brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep—are known for their long beards and their conservative, Evangelical Christian views which is why the show is often considered to be a part of Christian media.

What religion is Gloriavale? ›

Members of the community live a fundamentalist Christian life in accordance with their interpretation of the teachings of the New Testament. The community attempts to uphold the example of the first Christian church in Jerusalem (Acts 2:41–47) for its principles of sharing and holding all things in common.

Is the creator of Doom religious? ›

Personal life. Petersen is a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but sees no conflict between his faith and his design of games involving Satanic elements. While working on Doom, he said to John Romero, "I have no problems with the demons in the game. They're just cartoons.

What is Liam Neeson's religion? ›

Raised Catholic, he was named Liam after a local priest. The third of four siblings, he has three sisters, Elizabeth, Bernadette, and Rosaleen.

Why did Duck Dynasty end? ›

Duck Dynasty's cancellation was a mutual decision

The numbers don't lie, and viewers were simply tuning out following the controversy. The GQ piece ran between seasons 4 and 5; by the end of that fifth season, viewership had dropped by 2.4 million from the previous season's record breaking numbers.

Why did Duck Dynasty cut his hair? ›

#17years,” Robertson wrote before telling Taste of Country that he cut his hair post-quarantine as a way to move away from Duck Dynasty. “It was probably the combination of COVID-19 and the quarantine and a really hot summer,” Robertson explained. “There was no real plan for it.

Why did Phil leave Duck Dynasty? ›

He was suspended for racist and anti-gay comments

Robertson made headlines in 2013 after GQ published an interview in which he made racist and anti-gay comments.

Can I visit Gloriavale? ›

Here at Gloriavale all our services will remain open to the public.

Is Dove still in Gloriavale? ›

Angel, Dove, Mercy and the rest of the flock are back, as happy as ever in blue. Writer Anke Richter, a cult observer, watches Gloriavale: The Return. The best thing I could do to prepare myself for Gloriavale: The Return was to catch up on the latest episodes of The Handmaid's Tale.

Who is Dove Love? ›

Dove Love and Angel Benjamin are two members of the isolated fundamentalist Christian Gloriavale community. A new documentary on the West Coast religious commune Gloriavale will offer viewers the chance to put their own questions to one of the isolated community's most famous members.

Who is the true God in Doom? ›

Dark Lord is the title of the supreme ruler of the realm of Hell.

What is God mode in Doom? ›

iddqd. Sets health to 100% and makes player immune to damage ("god mode", "degreelessness"). If the player is currently standing on or subsequently enters a damaging floor of type 11, the invulnerability effect is nullified.

Is Doom Eternal OK for Christians? ›

Check it out for a more detailed look at whether “Doom” is a Christian video game. I concluded that while the game does portray a very straightforward fight against evil, it ultimately is much more humanist than Christian. At no point does it point to God or a higher power for a solution.

Is Selena Gomez Catholic or Protestant? ›

Religious beliefs

Gomez was raised Catholic. At age 13, she wanted a purity ring, and her father went to the church and had it blessed. She has said, "He actually used me as an example for other kids: I'm going to keep my promise to myself, to my family and to God." Gomez stopped wearing the ring in 2010.

Why did Julia Roberts change her religion? ›

Roberts, who grew up with a Catholic mother and Baptist father, reportedly became interested in Hinduism after seeing a picture of the deity Hanuman and the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, who died in 1973 and whom she never met.

What is Selena Gomez's religion? ›

I've been a Christian for a while now. I don't talk about it too much—I want to, but it's gotten a bad rep. I just want to make it clear that I love being able to have my faith, and believe in what I believe in, and that truly is what gets me through.” I ask her when in her life she's felt closest to God.

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