review of come back of Vic Damone mentions other Baha'is
m HOLLYWOOD Religion, Facing Problems Pace Damone's Comeback By Erskinp Johnson , HOLL'i'WOOD — .A penitent Vic cn-;Damone is making a bid for a "be-xoniehack. He's publicly admitting he has gambling and booze. '^e's confessing to a lot of Hollywoodites such as Bob .Mitchum's .Mitchum's sister, .lulie. according to \'ic. He also .said that "the late Carole Lombard was a Baha'i. too." "I got into a lot of trouble." serious-faced \'ic told me, "because "because no one liked me — and I didn't like myself." Now 32. Vic says he's changed. .\nd his friends agree. .And Vic telling a deflating itory about him.self .sure does senseless mistakes, including a national national magazine blast that his inolher-in-law broke up his marriage marriage to Pier Angeli. He's trying for a comeback via -the Frank Sinatra way'" - in ai^ounj ij^^ he's changed, sti-aight, nonsingiiig dramatic role. He's also trying, he says, with the help of a littlc-known. 100- ycar-old religious organization. It. he told me, could be called ".sort of an .A.A for people with emotional emotional disturbances." .•Members of the religious group. He credits the Baha'i religion, dating back to a Persian philosopher, philosopher, for "taking a blanket off my head and letting me discover myself." Like the A.A workers. Baha'i members drop in on those in known as Baha'i. include manyj^^^^ of'help for sessions called "Firesides." eallcd in their own experts 'in an effort to refute a .survey's finding that TV disc jockey Dick Clark picked records fur his program program on the basis of their popularity popularity and not because he had a stake in many of them through music and record company ''''•e 23-momh study, ' - . . . .. . Clark ordered, showed that ihe teen-age idol had a financial interest in 2" per ce.nt of the songs he played. One of the loaders who has helped helped Vic find himself, he says i.- Chuck Wolcott, former head of the .MG.M music department. Vic"s original contact with the organization was m.-^de at the .suggestion of his drummer when he was singing in Miami, following following his divorce. "Since then."' Vic .says, "I've learned that I'm not as bad as I thought I was."