I’m With the Rand

Celebrity fans of the cult of selfishness.

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie: “I just think [Ayn Rand] has a very interesting philosophy…You reevaluate your own life and what’s important to you.”

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci: “My favorite book is The Fountainhead…I relate to it because of the idea that you’re not a bad person if you don’t love everyone.”

Vince Vaughn: “The last book I read was the book I’ve been rereading most of my life—The Fountainhead.”

Rob Lowe: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is a stupendous achievement and I just adore it.”

Eva Mendes: Any potential boyfriend “has to be an Ayn Rand fan.”

Mark Cuban: “I don’t know how many times I have read [The Fountainhead], but it got to the point where I had to stop because I would get too fired up.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.): Recently tweeted, “Still reading Atlas Shrugged, quite the read.”

Hugh Heffner

Hugh Hefner: The Fountainhead “is a compelling tribute to man’s quest for personal freedom.”

Billie Jean King: “Like Dagny Taggart, I had to learn how to be selfish, although selfish has the wrong connotation. As I see it, being selfish is really doing your own thing.”

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis: The Fountainhead is “a very profound book…Makes you think!”

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt: The Fountainhead “is so dense and complex, it would have to be a six-hour movie.”

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