Hollywood, you are so on: Marianne Williamson's most surprising celebrity connections

Charles Trepany, USA TODAY

Just like her 2020 bid for president, Marianne Williamson's life in Hollywood has been anything but conventional.

Described on Twitter as everything from "orb mom" to "chaotic recurring 'Frasier' character," Williamson has made a name for herself as an atypical candidate. In the Democratic primary debates, she promised to “harness love” to defeat President Donald Trump, warned of a “dark psychic force" of "collectivized hatred" and said she’ll call New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to tell her “Girlfriend, you are so on.”

Over the weekend she announced on Twitter that, while she won't be present at Thursday's Democratic debate, she will give her thoughts in a subsequent livestream.

Before making a splash on the debate stages, Williamson cut her teeth in a different arena, one that saw her engaging with Elizabeth Taylor, rather than Elizabeth Warren. Prior to her campaign for the Oval Office, the 67-year-old established a reputation in Hollywood as a prominent spiritual speaker and author – a journey that led her to cross paths with celebs from Oprah Winfrey to Kim Kardashian.

“Meeting someone in Hollywood who is in the entertainment business," she told People in 1992, “is like meeting someone in Houston in the oil business. How do you avoid it?”

Here are just some of the many ways the controversial candidate has rubbed shoulders with entertainment's A-list.

She officiated Elizabeth Taylor's wedding. On Michael Jackson's ranch

When the late Hollywood starlet married her eighth and final husband Larry Fortensky in 1991, Williamson oversaw the ceremony. 

Taylor tied the knot at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Calif., with Williamson officiating.

Williamson recalled how it all came about in a Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter published in July.

"She called and asked if I would officiate," Williamson said of Taylor. "She was very excited about her nuptials. I've officiated at many marriages. What was funny to me was that after her divorce, any time I ran into her she seemed to want to explain almost apologetically how her marriage did not work — almost concerned that I might have taken it personally. It was rather touching."

Williamson also remembered Jackson, who she said "showed up at the very last moment" to walk Taylor down the aisle.

"It was a scene," she added.

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Oprah experienced '157 miracles' after reading her book

Winfrey's been vocal about her love for Williamson's writing. 

The lecturer, who has penned several books, wrote in HuffPost how Winfrey helped take her career to the next level by distributing 1,000 copies of "A Return to Love" in 1992.

"I was excited she called, and I enjoyed talking to her," she wrote of the talk show icon. "But I had no idea she was about to change my life. A week later, she'd be telling her huge TV audience how much she loved my book, and that she'd bought 1,000 copies to give away. 'A Return to Love' then became the fifth highest-selling book in America that year."

According to Entertainment Weekly and Chicago Tribune reports from 1992, Winfrey testified she experienced "157 miracles" after reading Williamson's work.

Williamson has appeared on television with Winfrey since to discuss spirituality.

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Kim Kardashian called her 'inspiring'

This election season is not Williamson's first bid for public office. In fact, the lecturer ran as an Independent for Congress in California in 2014.

Though her campaign proved unsuccessful, her speaking events leading up to the election drew celebrity attendees, including reality television stars Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.

"I went to hear @mariannewilliamson speak the other night w @kourtneykardash & @rachel_roy," Kim wrote on Instagram at the time. "Very inspiring! To learn more about her go to MarianneForCongress.com"

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Alanis Morissette has sung her praises. Literally

While Williamson's Congressional campaign got a shout out from Kardashian, it got an anthem from Alanis Morissette.

The "You Outta Know" singer recorded an entire song and music video dedicated to Williamson for her 2014 campaign.

"I was attempting to capture the passion, mission, activism, deep humanity and tenderness of Marianne, the new political sensibility she represents and the consciousness that produced it," Morissette said in a statement at the time in a post to her website

According to Morissette, Williamson was at Sunset Sound Records with her as the song was made.

"We all huddled together as the song was recorded," the singer said. "I love this song. I love this woman and I love a world that would vote for her."

Laura Dern was her roomie

Williamson opened up to The Hollywood Reporter also about living with the two-time Oscar nominee and "Big Little Lies" star. When the two became roommates, Dern was 18 and Williamson was 31, she told the outlet.

"Her mother called me — the inimitable, fabulous Diane (Ladd). She said her daughter didn't want to live at home anymore and I would be the perfect person. I remember being like, 'What?' " Williamson said. "And then this adorable, adorable 18-year-old comes walking up my sidewalk: 'Hi! I'm Laura Dern!' She is an extraordinary human being and it's been a pleasure and an honor knowing her. I love her."

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A fellow celeb wellness figure has got her back

Author Deepak Chopra voiced support for Williamson in a statement given to USA TODAY.

"Marianne is articulate, clear and speaks the truth," he said in the statement provided by his representative Carolyn Rangel. "In my opinion, politicians generally behave like cunning hypocrites."

His statement continued: "Marianne in my opinion has integrity, authenticity, higher calling and is a servant leader. In a world that is projecting our collective fear, xenophobia, corruption, cronyism, influence peddling, bigotry, hatred, prejudice, and ethnocentrism run by gangsters and thugs as national leaders, Marianne could be our ticket to sanity."

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USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Morissette and Dern for comment.

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