Marilyn Monroe was raised an evangelical Christian. She converted to Judaism after marrying playwright Arthur Miller. The actor decided to convert partly out of love for her husband and his family. But more for the appeal of Judaism.
The inherent rationalism of Judaism impressed Monroe. She was attracted to its ethics, ideals, and the value it placed on close family life. The actor reportedly told a friend that she could identify with the Jewish community since people were always out to get them without cause.
Ginnifer Goodwin grew up in a Christian-Jewish household. Her mother took her to synagogue on Saturdays, and Sundays meant church with her father. In keeping with the spirit of the family, Goodwin was baptized and had a bat mitzvah!
However, things changed when she grew older and disillusioned with Judaism. The actor upped and left the community with no ceremony. Goodwin has now reaffirmed her identity as Jewish by choice, not just Jewish by birth.
Julia Roberts grew up in a Christian family but chose to follow Hinduism. Roberts, her husband, Danny Moder, and their three children regularly visit temples together to pray, celebrate, and chant. Roberts is a practicing Hindu who prefers not to discuss her faith since it is personal to her.
Even though people care about celebrities and their lives, Roberts believes people don't want to know every little thing. Politics and religion are right up there.
Selena was raised as a Jehovah's witness by her parents, Marcella and Abraham. Despite her tragic death in 1995, her father stated that his family does not participate in memorial services for his daughter.
Jehovah's Witnesses do not celebrate deaths or birthdays. Selena lost a lot of blood after being shot by Yolanda Saldivar, a staff member accused of embezzling money from her. The doctors gave Selena transfusions to try and save her life - something her father was not happy about since it went against the family's religious beliefs.
Mos Def ruled the '90s underground rap scene and is widely regarded as one of the most influential anchors of the last two decades. He is also a Sunni Muslim. Every track the artist writes is a reflection of his creed. His father introduced his son and future recording artist to Islam when he was 13.
When he turned 19, Mos made his "shahada," or Muslim declaration of faith. He joins the rank of several artists who use hip-hop to articulate faith – whether Islam or otherwise.