In her final years, Scientologist spent $175,000 - 1997-10-31
Today, as the church tries to rebut assertions that it caused her sudden death, it also credits Scientology for her successes in life.
But McPherson's turnaround came at a financial price.
From 1991 until she died in December 1995, McPherson spent more than $175,000 on Scientology courses, counseling and causes, according to financial records. In three of those years, her donations to the church ranged from 29 percent to 55 percent of her income.