review of Vic Damone notes Baha'i Faith

mentions Carole Lombard.

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review of Vic Damone notes Baha'i Faith - 17 in pre- is side Phyllis BattcUe Vic Damoiie...
17 in pre- is side Phyllis BattcUe Vic Damoiie Gives Views On Religion NEW YORK-"If you were to go down on the street and ask 100 people what is their reason for living." said Vic Damone. "93 wouldn't know. Not exactly. They'd say something like, 'We'll --uh--the reason for living is to get married and raise kids and stuff like that.' " · Damowe, who almost stopped living after a severe auto accident early last year, smiled sympa- thetically. "Is that a reason for living? To raise kids? An animal can do that, and many times bet- ter than a human being can. I truly think the reason -so many people visit psychiatrists, and so many others wish they could af- ford to. is that they have no con- cept of what their purpose is on earth. "I sincerely wish I could help them, the way I've been helped, but I can't. If 1 try to convert people to my own thinking, they'll only be embarrassed or bored-- and I can only be hurt." homes to anyone who's interested, and call our meetings 'firesides."' "FDR had a complete library of Bahai literature, and it was our ·firesides' that gave him the idea for his 'fireside chats.' " Another famed student and ad- vocate of Bahai was the late actress Carole Lombard! Vic has all her books. One basis of this faith is the belief that since there is only one God, there should be only one religion: " R e l i g i o n should be a way of life, ·not a building you go to on Sunday. Did you know there are more than ·500 different seels in Christian- ity? "It is ironic, isn't it. that the day of God is the.day when every- one separates to go to his own church? Vic is speaking of his own con- version, after a series of physical and psychological crises, "to a religious belief. His religion is Bahai, a little-known 120-year-old faith which originated in Persia and is practiced, not in churches, but in the homes and hearts of its members. "We Bahais," he explained, "don't have churches or a clergy. Instead, we open our Damone promised to send me books about this religion which he claims has entirely changed his life--"a iife. that weeded some drastic changing" -- and then asked that we drop the subject. A specific rule of Bahai. he said, is to avoid trying to convert anyone of another faith. "It will only"em- barrass the other person.-- and break your heart. People don't want to be converted. They want to be told that what they believe is absolutely right. "I would not." he added, "have brought up Bahai if you hadn't asked about it." It was logical to ask about it-- shice the singer's career has changed remarkably in the three years since he adopted Bahai. Once known as a "singer's sing- er," critics of late have referred to "the new Vic Damone." .Just completing an engagement at the Plaza's Persian Room, where he was a sell-out. Vic has produced a couple of million-selling records, and starred in two summer sea- sons of his own TV series. -'Die Lively Ones." His personal life, also, has taken a sudden turn toward contentment . . . After a long and embarrassing child-custody suit with his former wife, Pier Angeli. Vic finally won the right to be with his nine-year- old son for two months a year, weekends, and reasonable visita- tion privileges during the week. To Vic. it was "a great victory." Early last year. Vic and "his wife. Judy, skidded on the ice in the mountains near California and spun off a cliff. The car was demolished. Judy lost the baby w-ith which she was nine months pregnant. But their lives were saved. A near-miss like that cives one's spiritual life an extra btfost. "God saved us." said Vic, cheerfully ."--with an assist from' seat belts." i K i n z Features)

Clipped from Cumberland Evening Times08 Apr 1965, ThuPage 9

Cumberland Evening Times (Cumberland, Maryland)08 Apr 1965, ThuPage 9
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  • review of Vic Damone notes Baha'i Faith — mentions Carole Lombard.

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