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Walk the Line

I really feel sorry for Vivian Cash. Yes, I know Walk the Line is only a fictional film based on real people and events. I also know that the main plot of the film is the evolving love story between Johnny Cash and June Carter. Furthermore, I realize that to make that love story interesting there needs to be obstacles placed in the way of those two main characters. But why did they have to make Vivian such a major, Grade-A bitch?

Generally, I would expect more from writer/director James Mangold. He’s usually pretty good at putting interesting spins on traditional material like in Cop Land and Identity. Hell, I even enjoyed his time-travel romantic comedy Kate & Leopold, which put interesting obstacles in the paths of two very diverse people who eventually fall in love. So, I don’t know why he resorted to such a simple characterization of Vivian, especially since she’s a real person.

That’s why I feel sorry for her. Here she is immortalized on the big screen as being one of whiniest, naggingest bitches who ever walked the Earth. I haven’t read Cash’s autobiography, which the film is based on, but I can’t believe he would have described his first wife as being thoroughly rotten. I’m sure Vivian pressured Johnny somewhat to find a “real” job before hitting it big, that his constant touring was a stress on their marriage, as was the open flirting with June Carter. But is that all they ever talked about? Weren’t there any sweet moments between these two? Even when he cuts his first album in the film, she acts only mildly interested.

Although I’m being extra harsh on this point, I don’t want to sound like I didn’t like the film because I did. James Mangold the screenwriter may have disappointed me, but Mangold the director didn’t. Going into the film, I really didn’t know anything about Johnny Cash and I’ve only ever been vaguely familiar with his music. His entire story was new to me. So even though most of that story was pretty basic — raised by an abusive father, married too young, degenerates into self-destructive drug use — Mangold keeps the action moving along at a brisk pace punctuated with lively and powerful musical numbers.

The best part of the film is when Cash tours the south with other rockabilly musicians of his era: Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and, of course, June Carter. I had no idea Cash hung out with those guys and I think Mangold was smart to cast non-famous actors in the other musical parts. It’s already a stretch to accept Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny and June, so then you’re not distracted with the other parts going “Hey, that’s So-and-So as Elvis.” You just believe they’re who they’re supposed to be, leaving Joaquin and Reese in center stage.

And those two dominate the film. Unsurprisingly, Joaquin delivers a knockout performance not just as Johnny Cash, but as a musician who evolves from humble beginnings to a successful man torn by his own lack of confidence and a desire to stay true to his wife even while the marriage is crumbling around him. But Reese, too, is exceptional in the film. I’m usually turned off by the movies she chooses to star in, like the Legally Blonde films and Sweet Home Alabama, none of which I’ve seen. Here, though, she gives a wonderfully complex performance like she did in her breakout film Election: Bright and sunny on the outside with deep emotional pain from which she draws her strength.

With these two outstanding performances and the amazing music really driving a terrific film, it’s a shame the weak relationship between Johnny and Vivian kind of drags the movie down. Overall though, it’s a pretty successful film.


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  • Mike says:

    This comment proves my point. This is the image people are going to have of Vivian forever now when I doubt the movie offered any kind of accurate representation of who the real woman was.

  • Christy says:

    I agree with you Mike…I watched the movie last night and really felt sorry for Vivian. Found your web site by doing a search on her to maybe read more about her.

  • Mike says:

    I should read Cash’s autobiography and get more info on her. It seems a lot of people want it. “Vivian Cash” is the most popular search term on this site since I wrote this.

  • Beckster says:

    I always liked Johnny Cash…never knew much about him but thought he must have been a stand up guy. That was until “Walk The Line.” I didn’t even like the movie. A movie that glorifies adultery is definitely not the sort of love story I embrace. It’s almost like the movie is conveying the belief that some people are more worthy of love and/or loyalty than others. I don’t think this movie should win any awards.

    On that note, I don’t think any movies or actors deserve any awards. Where are the awards for the regular people who do super excellent work but whose efforts go unnoticed? Hollywood glorifies itself over and over again, and quite frankly, I’m getting sick of it. I’m especially sick of Joan and Melissa Rivers who talk on and on about how TALENTED so-and-so is or how PERFECT and HANDSOME some stupid actor is. If they want to think that they’re better than everyone else…let them think it in the privacy of their own homes. Just FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, get Melissa Rivers to quit talking about it. Melissa needs to put it all into perspective anyway. She’s where she is because of her mother. She’s no more special than anyone else…and that includes all of Hollywood’s actors. What they all need is a lesson on humility.

  • Mike says:

    I know exactly what you mean. This website has won NO awards yet whatsoever. What’s up with that?

    And I like Joan and Melissa. I’ve been a big fan of Joan’s for years and Melissa actually seems nice. I think she knows exactly who she is.

    Yes, the image of a crank like me watching Joan and Melissa’s fashion coverage may seem ridiculous, but there you go.

  • Tam says:

    I’m with you too Mike… I felt so sorry for Vivian as I watched the movie and thought she got such a raw deal. Staying at home, raising the kids on your own is no picnic for anyone, so if she seemed angry or unhappy, who can blame her? But was totally unfair to only show those moments in her protrayal. Found your website to try and find out if she ended up living a happy life after Cash.

  • hmmm says:

    yea vivian is just a woman just like anyone else, who wants things to work out for the family. You wouldnt want your kids to starve right. you cant say she’s spoiled. It’s normal, after all she stayed with him when he was poor and he just stray when he succeeded. After all it was vivian who made him to go for the audition.

  • Jenny says:

    I think everyone here may be missing the point. Vivian and Johnny loved each other enough to have four children together. It is both of thiers great misfortune that Johnny succummed to the demanding stress of his career and became a drug addict. Poor Vivian and Poor Johnny. Being in a marriage with a touring singer has got to difficult add drugs and it becomes impossible. I would like to think that Johnny would have rather had his marriage to Vivian work out but he did not get sober and she did what she had to do to survive. I have heard that it is very difficult to go back and repair all the things that you have wrecked after you get sober and I am sure vivian would not have been able to trust Johnny again after he did get sober. They both did what they had to do and that was to move on. I pray that VIvian was able to find some happiness and was able to forgive Johnny. As He was very blessed to have had a friend and lover in June

  • C/Designer says:

    I didn’t see Vivian as a terrible wife. I saw here go through the tough years with Johnny. I saw that she loved Johnny and her children. She was hurt over June and protected her kids. I have admiration for her. I wish the Cash family would let the public know how her life was after the divorce. She must have loved Johnny to want the bench he carved on after he died. I know that Johnny and June loved each other and I respect that. I read today that Vivian died in 2005. I battle cancer for three years. I would like to know if Vivian found happiness. There needs to be a book on Johnny and Vivian cash. God Bless their families.

  • Britnee says:

    Vivian Cash was not portrayed as the whiny person yall think she was. I mean all of yall felt sorry for her, none of which disliked her. And i think that means something. The writer is smarter than yall give him credit for in my opinion, portraying vivian as a normal women with wants and needs did not make her seem bitchy just like the average wife. The movie was not about Johnnys marriage with Vivian, it was about Johnny and Junes love story.The only thing i did not like about Vivian was that she seemed to keep the kids from Johnny after the divorce.But i have not heard anyone speak badly of vivian and so i think that sort of proves my theory.
    thanks,
    Britnee

  • Corrine says says:

    I think Vivian was portrayed as a survivor and strong mother in the movie. But June and Johnny had so much in common their relationship couldn’t help but blossom: love of country life, poor rural upbringing, hope in music, stage personality. Most importantly, they were both poets! I think it took a woman like June to truly help Johnny survive drug addiction, grief over losing a loved one (Jack), and self-loathing. But I also respect Vivian’s decision to just take care of herself and children by leaving Johnny. The two women made their choices, good or bad. One thing’s for sure, after hearing their story, June and Johnny’s ring of fire will burn in my heart as a sweet memory of a really strong, passionate love!

  • Robin says:

    I have watched this movie at least a dozen times and I absolutely love it !!! Joaquin Phoenix has not received the credit he deserves, as he gives a magnificent performance of Johnny Cash. Witherspoon was stupendous as well and as always in her career.

    I’ve seen negative comments on the internet (regarding poor Vivian and her children), but the movie is about Johnny and June and how their relationship came about. Though adultery is not preferable, it was nice to see that their relationship did beat the odds (2 times for him, 3 times for her) as they were not in their favor. John & June had common interests and in the entertain industry, I’m seeing that is essential, if you are going to stay committed in a marriage/relationship. It’s even better when you can do it together.

    Some of the comments I’ve seen on the web we very rude about June Carter, which were very unfair. Stating that their relationship wasn’t what it was portrayed in the movie. How could a relationship last 35 years and they not be in love. They had a very high mutual respect for each other and hats off to June Carter for being such “An Angel” for helping Johnny through his bad times, where most people would have turned on him (like his father). That takes a very special person to stick with a friend to help and support them through the bad times. And even more than he recognized this and changed his ways. Hats off to both of them!

    I truly believe they shared one of the greatest loves of our era.

  • Sorci says:

    Vivian Cash wanted things to be perfect at all times. She wanted a big house money and a man to love and she had all those things, but still was not happy. We are human beings and can make mistakes. Johnny was in love with June Carter all his life if you look deeply into the story. People have said awful things about june carter, but how many of you would devote your time to helping a drug addict recouperate? Johnny Cash found true happiness with June Carter, not Vivian Liberto.

  • Jennifer says:

    I do feel for Mrs. Vivian Cash; however, I have to wonder: if she was unaware of Johnny’s feelings for June and his drug use was the only issue in their marriage, would she still have left him? I get the feeling she would have stayed and tolerated the drugs, but I think she left because she knew she was not the love of his life and was extremely jealous that June obviously was. I also think the goal of this movie was to portray how deeply powerful the love between Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash was. This was THEIR movie, not Vivian’s, not Elvis Presley’s, not Jerry Lee Lewis’. Johnny and June made a genuine attempt to refrain from acting upon the deep rooted love and intense passion they felt for one another before finally giving into their feelings, and good for them for doing so. Yes, others were hurt by their relationship, but sometimes you just can’t stop love, and sometimes you shouldn’t even try. It was beautiful to see how Mr. Cash physically ached for Ms. Carter. It would have been such a waste of a love affair had they ignored their true feelings and stayed with their previous spouses for ‘the sake of family’. They knew that going public with their romance could ruin their careers, yet their love was strong enough to be their priority, which is more than most can say. We’ve seen kings abdicate their thrones in the name of love. We’ve seen mothers and fathers sacrifice their dreams in the name of love for their children. When a love that strong developes between two people, there’s not much that can stop it. Vivian simply wasn’t Johnny’s soul mate, and June’s two previous husbands obviously weren’t hers, so you have to remember that they had their share of pain along with the rest of the people involved in these relationships. But how beautiful it is that Johnny and June, who were so obviously meant to be together, finally made it into eachothers arms and found their happily ever after. The world is a much better place because of these two musically motivated people and passionatly romantic underdogs who made it against all odds.

  • Jenny says:

    Question i read on here that Vivian passed away?? I have not read that anywhere I did read somewhere that she attended Johnny’s funeral is that true??

  • Jennifer says:

    I read that Vivian passed away in May of 2004 or 2005 from lung cancer. I’m not sure if that’s accurate – – just what I read recently.

  • Kate says:

    I keep reading “Johnny loved Vivian enough to have four children with her”. As we all know, you do not need to be in love with someone in order to have children with them, you just need to have unprotected sex. If Vivian truly loved Johnny, she would have stayed with him and helped him through his addictions the way June did. The movie shows Vivian’s disapproval and jealousy of JUNE – – it doesn’t show her disapproval of his drug use. It does, however, show her approval of the money he was beginning to make, and it shows her as a spoiled little girl who wanted to go back home to ‘Daddy’. I’ve read that Vivian’s daughters are upset at the way their mother was dipicted in this movie, but none of them have elaborated on the subject. Wouldn’t it be natural for a child to set the record straight in defense of their mother should she be portayed in a negative manner the way Vivian was in Walk The Line? None of her children have done so, which makes me believe that the story wasn’t really that far from the truth. For instance, when Vivian left Johnny, it was after a fight over Johnny wanting to hang pictures of June in his home office, NOT over his drug use, which made her seem nothing other than a jealous wife. If that wasn’t the case, why hasn’t anyone in Vivian’s family disputed this in her honor? One last thing, does anyone know if Vivian was taken care of financially by Johnny after the divorce? The one thing that would make me have pity for Vivian would be if she did not receive any financial help from her ex-husband.

  • steev says:

    according to mr. cash’s autobiography “man in black,” vivian pretty much does what she does in the movie: she tries to put up with john’s rampant jackassery, then leaves him when it becomes evident that cash is a drug addict and a danger to their children. she kind of fades out of the autobiography after the first 60 pages or so. i haven’t read “cash,” his other autobio, but i did read recently that vivian finished her own autobiography right before she died last year. tentative title “i walked the line.” it’s supposed to be out this summer sometime.

  • Cindi says:

    Years ago I lived in Casitas Springs, also known as Stony Flats. I vividly remember when Johnny Cash built his home on the side of the mountain overlooking the small country-like community.

    While he was living in this house with his first wife he had an incident involving a tractor. As he was pulling out a large boulder his tractor backfired and started a fire. The fire department was called and the fire was put out without much fanfare.

    This house overlooks a large body of water. If this is the water that Johnny’s tractor rolled into when June pulled him from that is refered to in the movie, and I am included to think that it is,it would first have to roll down hill around houses, across Nye Road, around more houses across the main highway between Ventura and Ojai, around more houses then over a train tract that is no longer there across a wide dry river bed and across farmland.

    After doing this the tractor would have to roll up hill and then down hill into the lake behind Casitas dam.

  • Barbara says:

    How do movie goers believe a man’s life can be condenced on the screen is 2 hours? And believe it as the exact truth.

  • Michele says:

    I am dying to know what Vivian Cash looked like. For some reason I have a need to put the true face w/ the story. Does anyone know of pictures on line?

  • Eric says:

    Regarding Johnny Cash’s tractor falling into a lake, that would be at his Hendersonville, Tennessee home on Old Hickory Lake where he lived with June. It was sold to one of the Bee Gees for about $2.5 million after his death.

  • Carrie says:

    I read that Vivian wrote a book called “Walk The Line” before she died and it’s based on the letters her and Johnny exchanged while he was in the Air Force, it is scheduled to be released Valentine’s Day 2007 Also, I think she acted the way any living breathing woman would have in her situation, so she was jealous, that is a perfectly normal response given the situation with June, any wife would have been, if not, you don’t really love your husband.

  • Barb says:

    I met Vivian several times (in Ventura) and she was always nothing but class. She might have stayed with Johnny through his drug & drinking problems if it wasn’t for the fact that he was also in love with another woman and didn’t hide it. It’s not fair to make her out to be the “bad guy” in the movie. She did what she had to do for the stability of her kids.
    Michele: you can find some pictures of Vivian on the http://www.findagrave.com website.

  • Meg says:

    I think Vivian forgot where they started and that sacrifices had to be made.Yes she stayed at home to raise children,not an easy task granted but it wasn’t without financial gain.And sorry but if u are lucky enough to find a soulmate should u ignore that.35yrs together are a testament to finding you’re true love and reason for living.I only wish i was so lucky.

  • Anonymous says:

    Isn’t that the way it is..the second wife is always treated better. As for June, I have nothing to say bad about her, but she have him rules too. Like when he said mean thigs to her on the bus because she wouldn’t say yes to marrying him. I wouldn’t have gone to bed with him until his marriage was over, but still that is their thing, not mine.

  • denise says:

    she was spoiled and
    .did try to rule over him although she was a pretty woman

  • Dele says:

    I thought the movie was Fabulous! At first I thought Vivian was the bad guy, but then as the movie went on I realised she was not. That no one is the bad guy. You can tell by the movie how hurt Vivian was by Johnnys actions, and that she had no other choice to leave him if she wanted any kind of happiness for her self and her children. The movie did create a facination about what Vivins life was about thou and I wopuld like to learn more about her. I watched the whole movie again with the comentary by the producer, it was great. He did not have the time for the type of movie he was portraying to give more information on Vivian.

  • jafar says:

    i think walk the line was one of the best movies ive ever seen and walqiun phonix is so hot and him and reese make a really good couple and they should get together since there both hot. and i want to see a pic of vivian cuz shes so gay haha jk but reaLLY.

  • Kelly says:

    Honey you call that being a Grade – A- bitch? Her father was right in not wanting her to marry Johnny Cash. He’s a musician. What did you think you’re getting yourself into? She has every right to have everything, that was his wife. That’s not at all selfish. She gave him a good home and children. Why should she suddenly live sub standard to what she was accustomed to? And to be cheated on? What a living hell he put him through. So you’re saying that just because she was living a good life, its okay he cheated ? She has the material things and that makes it all better? Are you ignorant? God forbid your husband cheats on you one day honey, and let see if you’re not a GRADE A BITCH.

  • Tara says:

    Before I saw the movie, I kept hearing that Vivian was being made out to be a bitch, or a crazy woman. After having seen the movie last year, I couldn’t disagree more. I never saw her as mean or crazy… I felt sorry for her; for what she was being put through (a marriage plagued with infidelity and drug and alcohol abuse). She was very young when they married, and standing by someone with those types of problems is inherently difficult, let alone when the person is a famous musician and everything that’s happening is in the public eye. There’s no doubt in my mind that she loved the man… but that eventually, all the drugs, abuse and infidelity took its toll, as it would in any marriage.

  • Bindi says:

    I think that Vivian was not really a bitch. She seemed like the sort of person who either was a spolied growing up or just wanted the attention. Walk the Line is my favourite movie of all time and I had no idea that Johnny Cash was married before June. Also Viv and Johnny have four daughters,Roseanne,Cindy and Kathy are shown in the film but Tara is not.

  • bomalley says:

    I feel Johnny loved Vivian totally but they were just incompatable.No one’s fault it just sometimes happens.

  • Anonymous says:

    too many of you people are taking the movie to be factual. Anyone who’s intelligent knows that hollywood fabricates stories to make them more interesting. Also, they can’t really depict the love between vivian and johnny, because that was not what the movie was about. They also can’t put vivian in the best light, because then the audience will get caught up in her pain, end up being pissed at johnny and june, and miss the whole point of the movie. from what I’ve read, vivian went on to have a very happy marriage that lasted until her death (which was longer than johnny and june’s marriage). also, according to her daughter, johnny and vivian remained friends throughout the rest of their lives.

    just because two people fall madly in love and end up having this really great love story, it doesn’t discount the loves you had before. I’ve loved certain people in my life very much and what I had with them won’t change just because there’s more to come in my future. from what i’ve read, vivian and johnny had a really great love affair that was destroyed by drugs, distance, and adultery. june ended up coming at the right time in his life and he was lucky enough to have 2 great women in his life. meeting the love of your life is sometimes all about the right person being at the right place in at the right time of your life. anyone that thinks vivian is a bitch is just stupid. to make a judgment about another person after only 30 minutes or so of hollywood-ized clips, and not consider the complexity of the relationship they had is just ridiculous. relationship primarily occur between 2 people and no one really knows what goes on inside them.

  • simmona says:

    i just finished reading,man in black. it was a wonderful read.but john really did not speak much about vivian. he did mention his marriage to her, how they met. and for the most part that was it. and that was in the first chapter.my understanding with the relationship john had with his father was wonderful. it was nothing like it was depicted in the movie.since the movie walk the line i have become fascinated with johnny cash. but i am also very glad that there are websites that i can go to to learn more about vivian, i knew it had to be something better about her,than what was shown on the silver screen.

  • Anonymous says:

    I loved the movie. Outstanding job with both actors and I felt it portrayed their lives(John and June) truthfully. With a dysfunctional family life (alcoholism, abuse, poverty,?) it isn’t difficult to see where things went wrong. Vivian and John’s father seemed to have been on the same wave link…they seemed to have a great time tearing down any achievement John made with his life. With the short time Viv and John had before marriage it is no wonder it failed. With time John would have seen the flaws.. Vivian as well. Yes, Viv stayed in the marriage and this makes me wonder…why? Lets face it she lived in a time where divorce was a sin, being Catholic it was forbidden, and don’t forget birth control issue back then in the church was a “no no”. Children came and Viv was secure like a head lock. Amazing how 2 years after the divorce she met another man and enters into matrimony again. John knew June for years….. strange isn’t it? I read that John and Viv remained friends after their divorce. Which I feel was one of the smartest things they did together. Hope this was true…another question I have… how much did Viv get with this divorce? I hope these facts come out in her book. Do I feel sorry for Viv…NO! I am a woman and feel you get out of a marriage what you put into it. Viv got a Name, money, and whatever Johnny Cash’s divorce decree gave her. Adultry is a terrible thing. Was Viv innocent?

  • nK says:

    I don’t know how much of the portrayal of Vivian should be taken literally. I sway from thinking the account is wholly factual to thinking it’s wholly fictional. The former is because it makes good dialogue–her role is minimal, but casting her as a lesser villian (with Cash’s father as the greater villian) helps frame the mindset that led Cash to some of his greatest failings, namely the drug use and adultery. The latter, on the other hand, I find believable because as a musician I’ve met these women (and men too–it works both ways) and seen firsthand the difference between an artist with a support structure and an artist with none.

  • diana says:

    well i think its ignorant for anybody to judge vivian.,johnny or june. we dont know the real them, all we see of them is their public personna. johnny loved vivian, he married her didnt he? so i hate to hear people saying june was the love of his life.

  • june was a rotton bitch. she took a father of 4 children. no matter what she will pay for that now. vivan was a very good mother. i dont believe john cater cash is johnny’s either he just looks like rip nix compare the to they just look alike. june was a whore

  • aprilc says:

    I second that its sad but true June as well as Mr.Cash will have to answer for there wrongs and how it affected his children and family. Just like everyone else will answer for there sins. I too wanted know more of Vivian CAsh and found out she lived her life to the full after the marriage ended and did her best to raise her 4 girls and the book man in black Mr.Cash probley did not want to mention too much of the marriage out of respect for his first wife.

  • joy says:

    June was nothing but a untalented, homewrecking WHORE!! I never believed she was the “innocent angel” the movie portrayed her to be. Rott in hell BITCH!!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey, guys! there is a bok by Vivian Cash about her marriage with Johnny Cash and how June went in the picture. She truly was a woman that deserved respect and she truly loved Johnny until he died. She never stopped loving him.

  • Andreane says:

    You should all read I walked the line : My life with Johnny,the book Vivian wrote before she died. In fact, 2/3 of the book is filled with Johnny’s love letters to her while he was in Germany for 3 years. In “Walk the line” they “forgot” that important part : Vivian and Johnny exchanged in those 3 years more than 10, 000 pages of love letters, and Vivian kept them ALL until the end. Vivian Cash was a real, beautiful lady. Vivian’s book is one of the best books I’ve ever heard. She did remarry, but in her book she admitted she never stopped loving Johnny. She was there at the beginning, and unlike the movie, was often going with him on tour, she was sewing his clothes backstage…ect. She was there for him.. Vivian died on May, 24 2005 from complications of lung cancer.

  • Andreane says:

    * one of the best book I’ve ever read… *sorry lol

  • Inez says:

    June Carter was a man stealing, back stabbing adultery committing woman. She STOLE a husband and the fact that people think she and Johnny had a romeo and juliet love story is what is so sickening about the world today!

    June and Johnny CHEATED his wife Vivian and his kids with Vivian. June and Johnny forgot about hearts and people and healing. I guess they are both boiling in a ring of fire – eternally.

  • unknown says:

    you all need to get your freakin facts straight! june carter was raised with god-fearing parents! it was JOHNNY CASH that went after june carter, not the other way around. and cindy, june carter and rip nix didnt even love each other. june carter was the one that he loved, respected.vivian should have fought for her man and not just run out on him. none of you guys even really know them. if june carter was such a bad mother and such a whore then why would rosanne cash VIVIANS DAUGHTER stand up at her funeral and tell of how good of a person and mother she was!!! june carter did not spoil carlene or rosey the choices that they made were theirs not by june carters mothering. june carter went through a lot of CRAP too. so cut her some slack and stop ganging up on her and everything. you should actually realize that it was JOHNNY CASH that went after her! it was JUNE CARTER who stood by his side not vivian. it was JUNE CARTER that belevied in johnny. june eneded up in the hospital with depression because of all the choices that her daughters and son and husband made!!!!! she was the one that johnny loved until death. she was the one that searched for all of his drugs and got rid of them, not vivian!! june was the one that had to keep slaping him out of his drug addiction! it was vivians daughters that spoke so highly about june carter. so get your freakin facts straight you dumdasses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SOUTHERN LADY says:

    OF COURSE ROSANNE CASH SPOKE AT JUNE’S FUNERAL,SHE NEEDS PUBICITY AND BEING LOYAL TO HER MOTHER DOESN’T SELL RECORDS.{REMEMBER HER FATHER WAS STILL ALIVE} AFTER MUCH RESEARCH OF MARRIAGE DATES, BIRTH DATES, VIVIAN CASH’S BOOK NO DOUBT IS MORE TRUTHFUL. MRS. MAYBELLE CARTER SHOULD HAVE PUT A CHASITY BELT ON HER GAL IN HEAT. NO DOUBT THE TRUE REFERENCES IN MANY SCENES OF JR.S MOVIE WHERE JUNE IS ASKING JOHNNY “HOW AM I GOING TO TAKE CARE OF MY GIRLS? OR WHERE ARE WE GOING TO LIVE? MRS.JUNE CARTER SMITH NIX CASH WAS NOT A FOOL. SHE NEEDED JOHNNY CASH FOR THE CASH AND THE STARDOM. SHE DIDN’T HAVE IT NOR DID EITHER OF HER OTHER TWO HUSBANDS.ABOUT THEIR MARRIAGE LASTING 35 YEARS- MINE LASTED 27 BUT I BET IF I WAS MARRIED TO JOHNNY CASH I COULD HAVE LASTED A FEW MORE IN THAT MANSION AND THE EASY LIFE. I KNOW WOMEN LIKE JUNE AND WE IN THE SOUTH HAVE A TERM FOR THEM****WHITE TRASH. JR HAD A RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THE INNOCENT CHARACTERS IN THIS FICTION{ HE CALLS HIS PARENTS LOVE STORY}WERE NO LONGER VICTIMIZED. THE MOVIE DID NOT HAVE TO PERTRAY VIVIANNE CASH AS NEGITIVE. AFTER READING 100’S OF PERSONAL FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY FIGURES KNOWLEDGE OF HER, THIS WAS DONE TO HAVE A VILLIAN TO SELL TICKETS,NOT TRULY HER. SWEETY. YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO PICK ON A CHRISTIAN LADY YOU HAD YOUR VILLIANS-A WHORE,DOPEHEAD,CHEATERS,DRUNK….WHAT ELSE DID YOU NEED.YOUR PARENTS FILL THE BILL.JOHNNY STILL OWES THAT LADY AN APOLOGY. HOPE JUNE AND HIM DID SOME FANCY TALKING AT THE PEARLY GATES.

  • unknown says:

    JOHN CARTER CASH HAD JUNE’S HAIR AND LOOKS. FYI, VIVIAN WAS AFTER JUNE AND PLUS SINCE NEITHER OF THEM WERE ALIVE THEN WHEN SHE WROTE THE BOOK THEY SURE AS HELL COULDNT DEFEND THEMSELVES. AND EVEN AFTER JOHNNY CASH’S DEATH HIS DAUGHTERS STILL SPOKE SO HIGHLY ABOUT HER MAYBE IF VIVIAN STOOD BY HER MAN AND HELPED HIM GET OFF DRUGS THEN SHE WOULDNT BE PETRAYED AS A HUGE BITCH IN WALK THE LINE. BESIDES JOHN HAS ASMIRED JUNE CARTER SINCE HE FIRST HEARD HER ON THE RADIO WHEN SHE WAS ONLY 10!!! SHE IS THE FIRST ONE THAT HE LOVED AND SHE SURE WAS HIS LAST. JUNE WAS FAMOUS EVEN BEFORE JOHNNY CASH CAME TO THE GRAND OLE OPRY DUH.!! HER MOM AND UNCLE ARE THE MOTHER AND FATHER OF THIS MUSIC. AND IF U WANNA CALL SOMEONE WHITE TRASH GO AHEAD AND START CALLING ME A WHITE TRASH COUNTRY HICK I DONT REALLY GIVE A DAMN CUZ IM SURE PROUD OF IT AND JUNE CARTER WAS SURE PROUD OF HER VIRGINIA WHITE TRASH!!!!

  • GODISGOOD says:

    DO YOUR RESEARCH, VIVIAN CASH WENT TO JOHNNY BEFORE HE DIED TO GET HIS BLESSING ON THE BOOK.HE GAVE HIS BLESSING. MOST OF HER BOOK WAS WRITTEN BY JOHNNY HIMSELF FROM ALL OF HIS LETTERS TO VIVIAN. SO “WHITE TRASH COUNTRY HICK” AS YOU HAVE REQUESTED TO BE CALLED,DO YOUR HOMEWORK. VIVIAN WROTE THE BOOK TO CORRECT THE ONE THE MOVIE WAS BASED ON. ALSO, VIVIAN DIED IN 2005, HER BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN 2007. THE TIMELINE SHOWS THAT SHE WAS DEFENDING HERSELF WHEN JUNES SON DIDN’T. LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON, HE IS ALSO RIPPING OFF HIS SISTERS. INSTEAD OF MAKING SURE THEY ALL GET A EQUAL SHARE, HE IS MAKING SURE HIS UNTALENTED BUTT IS WELL TAKEN CARE OF. ALSO, EVERYONE KNOWS CIRCLE OF FIRE WAS NOT WRITTEN BY HIS MOTHER BUT HIS FATHER. JOHNNY WAS TRYING TO GET OUT OF PAYING VIVIAN ANY PORTION DURING THE DIVORCE SO PUT JUNES NAME ON IT. A DECENT PERSON, ONCE IT CAME OUT, WOULD HAVE CORRECTED THE INJUSTICE. LIKE I SAID. LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON. THE TRUE CHRISTIAN WAS VIVIAN.GOD BLESS HER FOR ENDURING. AND HOW RIDICULOUS TO THINK A HOUSEWIVE RAISING FOUR CHILDREN ON HER ON HAS THE ABILITY TO DETOX A DRUG AND ALCOHOLIC HUSBAND WHEN HE AVOIDED HOME WHEN HE WAS WASTED.MAYBE HE STAYED AWAY BECAUSE VIVIAN WAS ON HIM ABOUT HIS ADDICTION.STAR STRUCK FANS HAVE MANY EXCUSES TO OVERLOOK IMMORAL AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. VIVIAN WAS NEVER IN ANY NATIONAL ENQUIRER,STAR…UNTIL THEY PUT HER IN A POSITION TO DEFEND HERSELF. JOHNNY WAS DEAD WHEN THE MOVIE WAS DONE SO I KNOW WITH HIS PAST YEARS DEFENDING VIVIAN AS THE INNOCENT ONE IN THE DIVORCE AND MARRIAGE HE WOULD MADE SURE HIS PROTECTION OF THE INNOCENT WOULD HAVE CONTINUED.

  • SOUTHERN LADY says:

    PLEASE, UNKNOWN, USE YOUR BRAIN. THE GIRLS MOM WAS A CLASS ACT. SHE DIDN’T TRASH JOHNNY AND HE SAID HOW HORRIBLE HE WAS DURING THEIR MARRIAGE, SO HER GIRLS ARE FOLLOWING HER LEAD,CLASS ACTS.BUT, THEY DID COME OUT PUBLICLY AFTER THE MOVIE BROKE CORRECTING THE LIES ABOUT THEIR MOTHER EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS DEAD( LIKE ANY CHILD WOULD THAT WAS DEFENDING THEIR MOTHER).

  • country bumpkin says:

    unknown”’june and johnny were dead two years before movie came out.
    dont think viviian was after june. she could have destroyed her for the last 30 years had she wanted. thats why june never said anything publicly about vivian. im sure john jr is rethinking this now. maybe his mom was a smart whore knowing that even a devout catholic like viv would want the record set straight if need be

  • country bumpkin says:

    johnny was easy for june to get. doped up and didnt want to go home she let him do what he wanted until she figured out he made more money cleaned up. john jr. did take after his mother not only hair but talent…he has none.so maybe sincerely he needs a larger inheritance than his sisters. june and john jr were nothing without johnny. june and the carter family had played out their stardom many decades ago think about it after the 1950s not much to them except johnny

  • country loving says:

    HISTORY WILL SHOW JUNE CARTER CASH IS A LOWCLASS WHORE. HAD MANY FELLOWS IN THAT CIRCLE OF FIRE. IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS….RESEARCH… YOULL BE SHOCKED. BET JOHNNY WOULD HAVE NEVER TALKED ABOUT VIVIANS VAGINA TO FRIENDS LIKE HE DID ABOUT JUNES. MEN KNOW THE TYPE OF WOMEN THEY CAN TELL OTHER MEN ABOUT. VIVIAN WAS BEAUTIFUL BUT VERY PROPER AND CATHOLIC. JOHN JR REALLY OPENED UP A RAT NEST. HIS MOTHER WAS THE ANNA NICOLE SMITH OF THE LAST GENERATION. BET NUDEY PICTURES WILL EVENTUALLY POP UP.

  • country loving says:

    FOR A PICTURE OF VIVIAN BEFORE SHE DIED IN 2005 GO TO ROSANNE CASH PAGE BLOG TO SEE A PICTURE AND READ THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WORDS FROM A CHILD ABOUT HER MOTHER THEN NO ONE SHOULD HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT VIVIANS HONESTY, LOYALTY, LOVE OF GOD AND FAMILY, AND THE WAY SHE’LL SPEND ETERNITY. JUNE, ROD IN HELL (JOHNNY JOIN HER)

  • country loving says:

    I FOUND RECENT PICTURE BY SEARCHING PICTURES OF VIVIAN CASH DISTIN AND CLICKING ON THE ONE OF HER WITH SILVER HAIR THE LETTER IS WITH PICTURE WRITTEN BY ROSEANNE CASH

  • hope says:

    I personaly respect both sides of the story, but june carter never needed a man financially she made very good money at the opry even while she was touring with johnny. June was a very independent woman. I have done my research of vivian and of june and I think they were both incredible woman who had their own experiences. I’m only 13 so don’t hate on me. But we should keep their children out of this, they know what happened and didn’t happen. Unknown, I read rosanne’s book and she actually defended june against her mother and I admire for keeping facts the way they were told about june and merle writing ring of fire. Vivian, june I’m truly for all that nonsense you two were put through.

  • country loving says:

    john jr. has commented in print that he understands his half sister, kathy, being upset about his movies negative portrayal of her mother… but the movies job was to show the LOVE AFFAIR between his parents. Well. john boy you did that…. we all saw their affair!

  • music lover says:

    hope….. rewatch the movie. june was whining to john about how was she going to take care of her girls. remember she was married to a policeman #2 marriage. she didnt make much money. how much do you think she made for clowning between acts? i assure you with 3 kids and 2 not wealthy x husbands not the bucks she wanted. notice in the movie she didnt spread her legs until johnny was getting big. she ignored him at first.

    • Hope says:

      Music lover june never made much money because johnny was spending it all on drugs his own bandmates didn’t make much money either. She was a single mom of course she is going to worry about her children. The reason why she gave into temptation is because he was showing her the side she wanted to see…the good side. Carl smith was her first husband and she didn’t care about the money. She loved him and he just couldn’t except that she kept traveling and making music with her family. Her second husband rip, they loved each other but they weren’t in love. They were two different people who tried very hard to make it work, but they couldn’t. Even after june married johnny she didn’t care about the money. Did you that she gave up her independence, her love for acting comedy and novelty songs for him. Didn’t that show how much she truly cared for that man. And when she wanted to do all of that again after being asked by millions of fans but johnny just said no, that he needed her by his side. She didn’t complain she just stood by him until he urged her to start making records again. June Carter Cash is a woman I admire and no book is ever going to change my thoughts about her.

  • la, lady says:

    did you all hear about john jr. getting all the money for burning ring of fire even though his dad lied about june writing it so vivian wouldnt get part of it. like father like son …father ripped off vivian jr. ripped off his half sisters… what trash… but jr. needs to get dna. the way his mother slept around. he may not be johnnys

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