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Question: What do Tom Cruise and Bart Simpson have in common?

Besides being the same height.

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Answer below.


Answer: They are both Scientologists suckers with big wallets.

Longtime Scientologist Nancy Cartwright — best known as the voice of Bart Simpson — last year gave the church $10 million to help spread the word of founder L. Ron Hubbard into other galaxies.

It was all part of Scientology’s Global Salvage effort, which aims to “de-aberrate” Earth — meaning to rid mankind of psychology ills and other “aberrant” behavior.

Surprisingly, Nancy, 50, forked over twice as much as the Scientology’s most prominent member, Tom Cruise, who only gave $5 million in an installment plan.

In 2004, the 46-year-old Lions for Lambs actor was awarded a Platinum Meritorious Award for a $2.5 million gift. Two years later, he doled out another $2.5 million, for which the International Association of Scientologists kicked him up to Diamond Meritorious awardee.

Recent Scientology publications reveal that a host of A-list Scientologists were honored for their generosity at a black-tie awards ceremony at the church’s headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., last summer.

PageSix.com obtained copies of Impact magazine, which feature images of the various gold trophies, crystal statuettes and plaques “awarded to members who have donated” the respective amounts of money.

The Simpsons star appears in a photo at the event with fellow Patron Laureate Awardees Steve Brackell and Jack and Lucy Murphy, as well as Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige.

Kirstie Alley matched Tom’s donation, but fellow actors John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston donated just a million each. Former Mrs. Elvis, Priscilla Presley, kicked in a relatively paltry $50,000.

Here are some of the celeb gifts from 2007 and their corresponding rewards:

* Nancy Cartwright, 50, Patron Laureate Award: $10 million.
* Kirstie Alley, 57, Diamond Meritorious Award: $5 million.
* John Travolta, 53, Gold Meritorious Award: $1 million.
* Kelly Preston, 45, Gold Meritorious Award: $1 million.
* Priscilla Presley, 62, Patron Award: $50,000.

Nancy, like her fellow principal cast members on The Simpsons, has reportedly been earning $250,000 per episode since 2004, when her salary was upped from $125,000 per episode. At 22 episodes per season, that makes for an annual paycheck of $5.5 million.

Calls to Nancy’s agent for comment were not returned at publication time.

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