This is not an editorial about Shelley Duvall’s appearance on The Dr. Phil Show today (Friday, November 18th). This is information that horror fans who are considering donating to Vivian Kubrick’s medical relief fund for Duvall need to know. While people have been rushing to praise Kubrick and demonize Dr. Phil, there are other factors to be considered.
Vivian Kubrick became a Scientologist in 1999 at which point she became estranged from the rest of her family. She did not attend the funeral of her own sister, Anya Kubrick, in 2009, nor did she visit her sister when she was battling cancer.(Source)
Scientology has a long history of hostility towards psychiatry. For details please read the article Scientology’s war on psychiatry at Salon.com, HERE. Another good one is Scientologists Really, Really Hate Psychiatrists on Vice.com, HERE.
The location listed on Vivian Kubrick’s Go Fund Me page for Duvall is Clearwater, FL. Neither Kubrick nor Duvall lives in Clearwater; it is, however, the location of The Church of Scientology’s business operations.
Kubrick has not had any contact with Duvall since filming wrapped on The Shining in 1979; they have not kept in touch over the years and were never close. Kubrick is not doing this at Duvall’s request, nor is she working with Duvall’s family.
Kubrick is requesting $100K without knowing the details of Duvall’s condition, or how much treatment will cost.
Methods used within the Scientology community to treat mental illness are questionable and potentially dangerous. Again, read the articles above.
Should Kubrick’s affiliation with Scientology, an organization that “maintains the very notion of mental illness is a fraud”, disqualify her from intervening in the life of a woman who clearly needs intensive, professional, psychiatric help?