Paulette Cooper

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Paulette Cooper
Paulette cooper.jpg
Portrait of Paulette Cooper
Born (1942-07-26) July 26, 1942 (age 73)
Nationality American
Occupation Author and journalist
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Paul Noble

Paulette Marcia Cooper (born July 26, 1942) is an American author who is best known for her activism against the Church of Scientology and the subsequent harassment she suffered from Scientology. Cooper's books have sold close to a half a million copies.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born in Belgium to 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. At age 8, she became an American citizen.[2]

She began 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, she became interested in new religious movements and began studying the Church of Scientology in 1968 in order to write about it.


Cooper has written a total of 20 books on a variety of subjects.

Conflict with Scientology[edit]

Main article: Operation Freakout

Cooper's conflict with Scientology began 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 her in Los Angeles Superior Court.[3] In the years to come, Scientology instituted a total of nineteen lawsuits against Cooper from all over the world; she counter-sued them three times.[4]

Harassment campaigns[edit]

As she continued to investigate Scientology over the years, Cooper 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."[5] In another campaign titled "Operation Dynamite,"[6] the Church of Scientology sent itself forged bomb threats, purportedly from Cooper, using her typewriter and paper with her fingerprints on it; it also planned to send bomb threats to Henry Kissinger, among others. The campaign was discovered when the FBI raided Scientology offices in 1977 and recovered documents relating to the operation.[7] Sometime in 1977, Cooper's assassination was possibly planned, along with another murder, but it is unknown whether or not it was attempted.[8]

The Church of Scientology finally agreed to an out-of-court settlement with Cooper in 1985.[9]


In May 2015, Tony Ortega released a book about Cooper, entitled The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.[10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to television producer Paul Noble. They live in Palm Beach, Florida. The couple have authored four books together.[13]


In 1992, the American Society of Journalists and Authors awarded her their highest honor, the prestigious Conscience-in-Media Award. She has also won five other writing awards for her other books and numerous articles on a variety of subjects unrelated to cults.


  • The Scandal of Scientology. Tower Publications, 1971. OCLC 921001
  • Growing up Puerto Rican. Signet, 1973. ISBN 0-451-61233-7
  • The Medical Detectives. D. McKay Co., 1973. ISBN 0-679-50382-X
  • Let's Find Out About Halloween. Reader's Digest Services, 1977.
  • Reward! (co-written by Paul Noble). Pocket Books, 1994. ISBN 0-671-87020-3
  • The 100 Top Psychics in America (co-written by Paul Noble). Pocket Books, 1996. ISBN 0-671-53401-7
  • 277 Secrets Your Cat Wants You to Know (co-written by Paul Noble). Ten Speed Press, 1997. ISBN 0-89815-952-0
  • 277 Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know (co-written by Paul Noble). Ten Speed Press, 1998. ISBN 1-58008-014-6
  • 277 Secrets Your Snake and Lizard Wants You to Know. Ten Speed Press, 1999. ISBN 1-58008-035-9
  • The Most Romantic Resorts for Destination Weddings, Marriage Renewals & Honeymoons (co-written by Paul Noble). S.P.I. Books, 2002. ISBN 1-56171-914-5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cooper, Paulette (1999). 277 Secrets Your Snake and Lizard Wants You to Know. Ten Speed Press. p. 175. ISBN 1-58008-035-9. 
  2. ^ Paulette Cooper harassment diary, part 1
  3. ^ Church of Scientology of California vs. Paulette Cooper, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, Docket No. C18558
  4. ^ "How the Church of Scientology tried to bring down journalist Paulette Cooper, aka Miss Lovely". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 17 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Text of Operation Freakout document
  6. ^ Scandal,
  7. ^ Marshall, John (1980-01-24). "Hubbard still gave orders, records show". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2006-09-14. 
  8. ^ Margery Wakefield (April 13, 1990). "Affidavit of Margery Wakefield". Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  9. ^ The Scandal of Scientology
  10. ^ Joshua Farrington (January 16, 2015). "Scientology account to Silvertail". Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ Joe Pompeo (9 August 2013). "Catching up with former Village Voice editor Tony Ortega". Capital New York. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Christopher Zara (14 September 2012). "Village Voice Editor Tony Ortega Is Leaving To Write A Scientology Book". International Business Times. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Paul Noble website

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