It sounds like a diet only The Onion could cook up: No food, no water - just pure, wholesome sunlight.
But a very young (and clearly, naive) Michelle Pfeiffer drank it in during her early, especially vulnerable days in La-La Land.
Pfeiffer was a breatharian, somebody who believes all you need is sunlight to survive, she tells The Sunday Telegraph's Stella
magazine. Soon after landing in Hollywood at age 20, Pfeiffer, now 55,
came under the spell of a couple who put her on a sustenance plan
"nobody can adhere to."
"They were very controlling. I wasn't
living with them, but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I
needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it
was financially very draining," Pfeiffer says.
"They believed that people in their highest state were breatharian."
first husband, actor Peter Horton, helped wrest her away. He was doing
research for a role in a movie about followers of the Unification
Church. "We were talking with an ex-Moonie and he was describing the
psychological manipulation, and I just clicked." She realized, "I was in
one" - a "cult."