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The farewell Cruise

We offer Katie Holmes a guide for life after Tom Cruise

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Hey, Katie! (We’re assuming we can go back to calling you Katie, right?) Everyone was surprised — sorta — when you filed for divorce from Tom Cruise last week after five years of marriage and one daughter, Suri, 6. Those blissful days of couch jumping and red-carpet PDA are apparently over, so now it’s time to consider your career — and life — options moving forward. At least you have two fellow former Mrs. Tom Cruises for inspiration and guidance. So, Ms. Holmes, choose your postdivorce adventure wisely.

Mimi Rogers
The Marriage Split from Cruise in 1990 after less than three years of marriage.
Do This Seek out edgy indies, like Rogers did with 1991’s The Rapture. She played Sharon, a Los Angeles swinger who turns into a born-again believer to prepare for Armageddon.
Don’t Do That Steer clear of soft-core stuff, like Rogers’ made-for-TV movie Full Body Massage (1995). It’s about…exactly what you think.
Borrow This Line ”[Tom] thought he had to be celibate to maintain the purity of his instrument,” she told Playboy in 1993. Note: We do not advise actually posing for the mag like Mimi did.

Move On Rogers married producer Chris Ciaffa in 2003, and they have two children. She recently shot a TV pilot, Scruples, for ABC.

Nicole Kidman
The Marriage Split from Cruise in 2001 after 10 years of marriage; the couple had adopted two children together.
Do This Show more of your singing and dancing skills, like Kidman did in 2001’s Moulin Rouge! Or try a physical transformation: Kidman wore a prosthetic nose for 2002’s The Hours and won her Oscar.
Don’t Do That Avoid soulless retreads, like 2004’s The Stepford Wives and 2005’s Bewitched. (To recap: Prosthetic noses good; wiggling noses bad.)
Borrow This Line The best thing about breaking up? ”Well, I can wear heels now,” the 5’10” Kidman told David Letterman in August 2001. (Cruise’s height is listed as 5’7″ or 5’9″.)
Move On Kidman married country-music star Keith Urban in 2006, and they have two children. She will star in the Park Chan-wook thriller Stoker.