June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash


6/23/1929, Maces Springs, Virginia, USA



Birth Name

Valerie June Carter



Also Known As

June Carter
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For much of her life, Cash could have played second fiddle in a famous family. Instead, she shaped herself into a star in her own right, although she often put her family obligations ahead of career. Her mother, aunt and uncle, performing as the Carter Family, were a…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • According to June, Johnny's song "Ring Of Fire" helped her work out her feelings for Johnny.

    • She has confessed she fell in love with Johnny when she was married to someone else.

    • It was her mother who taught June how to play the autoharp and guitar.

    • June once starred in an episode of Dr. Quinn, Medical Woman with her husband, Johnny Cash. They were husband and wife in the episode, as they were in real life.

    • The best-of album released by her son, John Carter Cash, won two Grammy's. It was titled Wildwood Flower.

    • She was widely known for her comedic "Aunt Polly" routine.

    • Her daughter, Rosie Nix Adams, died 6 months after June.

    • She met her future husband Johnny Cash, when a part of Grand Ole Opry.

    • She died just 4 months before her husband.

    • She attended South Rowan High School.

    • Her future husband, Johnny Cash, liked June's music when they were young.

    • Her parents were Maybelle and Ezra Carter.

    • She had already established a career in her childhood singing with her mother and her sisters in their singing group, "Mother Maybelle and The Carter Sisters".

    • June was proposed to over thirty times by Johnny Cash before finally accepting.

    • In April of 2003, June appeared on the CMT Flameworthy Awards to accept an award in honor of Johnny Cash.

    • In 2001, due to heart trouble, June was fitted with a pacemaker.

    • In 1987, June published the memoir, From the Heart.

    • In 1979, June published an autobiography called Among My Klediments.

    • In 1975, June released her first solo album, Appalachian Pride.

    • In 1970, June and Johnny won a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for If I Were a Carpenter. They won the same thing three years earlier for Jackson.

    • In April of 1968, Johnny proposed to June onstage at a concert in London, Ontario.

    • In 1958, June appeared in the film Country Music Holiday.

    • June was an accomplished autoharp player. She was also a very good banjo and guitar player.

    • June was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

    • June was born in an area of Virginia known to the locals as the "Poor Valley."

    • While June is best known for singing, songwriting and her love for Johnny, she was also an author, actress, comedian, philanthropist and humanitarian.

    • June, her sisters Helen and Anita, and their mother began performing regularly on the Grand Ole Opry radio show in 1950.

    • June had a very obvious flair for comedy, which she used to good effect in a character she called Aunt Polly which she used rather often during the earlier part of her career.

    • June released the album It's All in the Family in the latter part of 1999.

    • June released her solo album Press On in 1999.

    • June was the second child in a family of three girls.

    • June is portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in the hit bio-pic Walk the Line (2005). June handpicked her to play the role.

    • June retired from her solo singing career after marrying Cash in 1968.

    • June duetted with Homer and Jethro on their 1949 parody recording of the Frank Loesser composition Baby, It's Cold Outside.

    • Amongst the many guests who attended June's funeral included Karen Adams, Anna Bisceglia, Martha Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Robert Duvall, Rosemary Edelman, Betty Hagewood, Kelly Hancock, Shirley Huffines, James Keach, Merle Kilgore, Peggy Knight, Kris Kirstofferson, Luke Lewis, Dan McKinnon, Willie Nelson, Karen Robin, Lou Robin, Scott Robinson, Michele Rollins, Rick Rubin, Jane Seymour, Ramona Stratton, Lisa Trice, Hank Williams, Jr., Marie Wolfe, Roland Wolfe and Wayne Womack.

    • June was a distant cousin of former president Jimmy Carter. She's also very distantly related to Elvis Presley and Hank Williams.

    • June studied acting in the 50s with director Elia Kazan and acting guru Lee Strasberg.

    • June was the Godmother of country music star Hank Williams Jr..

    • June was 5' 5½" (1.66 m) tall.

    • June was a step-mother to Johnny Cash's daughters by his 1st wife Vivian Liberto, and they are Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy and Tara.

    • June had been married three times over the course of her life. Her first husband was Carl Smith (July 9, 1952 - 1957), they had 1 daughter together (Carlene Carter). Her second husband was Edwin L. "Rip" Nix (Nov. 11, 1957 - ?), they also had 1 daughter together (Rozanna "Rosie" Carter Nix). And finally until her death to Johnny Cash (March 1, 1968 - May 15, 2003). Johnny and June had one child together, a son named John Carter Cash.

  • Quotes

    • John Carter Cash: (talking about June) She was very open-minded and eager and excited.

    • Carl Smith: [June was] a natural born clown, if there ever was one.

    • Rosanne Cash: If being a wife were a corporation, June would have been a CEO. It was her most treasured role.

    • June Carter Cash: (on Johnny) I have always enjoyed being a part of his life. I've always loved him, and he's always loved me.

    • June Carter Cash: (on her marriage & career) I stayed in submission to my husband, and he allowed me to do anything I wanted to. I felt like I was lucky to have that kind of romance.

    • June Carter Cash: (on Johnny) I never talked much about how I fell in love with John. It was not a convenient time for me to fall in love with him, and it wasn't a convenient time for him to fall in love with me. One morning, about four o'clock, I was driving my car just about as fast as I could. I thought, "Why am I out on the highway this time of night? I was miserable, and it all came to me... I'm falling in love with somebody I have no right to fall in love with." I was frightened of his way of life. I thought, 'I can't fall in love with this man, but it's just like a ring of fire.