Havertown's Nicole Kidman Look-A-Like Once Dated Tom Cruise

Read this fun story from the owner of Cathy's Half Price Books in Havertown.

From certain angles, Havertown business owner Cathy Rutherford looks like actress Nicole Kidman. When Haverford Patch told her that during an interview for an article about her business, Cathy's Half Price Books in Havertown, she laughed.

"I have been on a date with Tom Cruise," she said.

What? Really?

When Rutherford was young she lived for a while in Wayne. During that time, the movie Taps was being filmed at Valley Forge Military Academy, and Rutherford's mother sent in a photo of her to be an extra in the film.

The school was having a dance, and three actors in the film—Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and Evan Handler—were encouraged to go to get a feel for the school and its students. So Rutherford and two other girls were set up with the trio of actors to attend the dance.

Rutherford said she walked arm-in-arm with Cruise, danced with him and spoke to him all night. She said he was very polite and friendly, but noted a strong determination to be successful and a star. Throughout the filming of Taps Rutherford and her sister would visit the school and see Cruise and his co-stars on set.


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