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Overview (4)

Born in Maces Springs, Scott County, Virginia, USA
Died in Nashville, Tennessee, USA  (complications from heart surgery)
Birth NameValerie June Carter
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

June Carter Cash was born on June 23, 1929 in Maces Springs, Scott County, Virginia, USA as Valerie June Carter. She was married to Johnny Cash, Edwin Lee (Rip) Nix and Carl Smith. She died on May 15, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Spouse (3)

Johnny Cash (1 March 1968 - 15 May 2003) (her death) (1 child)
Edwin Lee (Rip) Nix (11 November 1957 - 1966) (divorced) (1 child)
Carl Smith (9 July 1952 - 1956) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (21)

Sister-in-law of Tommy Cash, Reba Hancock and Joanne Cash Yates.
God-mother of country music star Hank Williams Jr.
Step-mother of country music star Rosanne Cash.
Daughter of late country singer & matriarch Mother Maybelle Carter.
Performed with Homer and Jethro on their 1949 parody recording of the Frank Loesser composition "Baby, It's Cold Outside".
Once studied acting in the 50s with director Elia Kazan and acting guru Lee Strasberg.
In the 1950s, she was twice married: first to honky-tonk singer Carl Smith (daughter: Rebecca Carlene Carter) and Edwin "Rip" Nix, (daughter: Rozanna Rosey Nix Adams). Both daughters became singers. John Carter Cash, born in 1970, was the product from her marriage to singer Johnny Cash.
Elvis Presley introduced June to the music of Johnny Cash in the mid-50s and she began working with Johnny after a chance meeting at the Grand Ol' Opry a few years later. She retired from her solo singing career after marrying Cash in 1968.
She began back in the 40s as a member of the Carter Family singing group, a pioneering force in country music's jump from regional to mainstream popularity. Two of their biggest hits were "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" and "Keep on the Sunny Side."
Co-wrote such hits as "Ring of Fire", "Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man" and "Jackson" the latter of which won her and husband Johnny Cash a Grammy award together in 1967. They later shared a second Grammy for their 1970 interpretation of "If I Were a Carpenter." Her only solo Grammy award came from her 1999 album "Press On" which won for best folk album.
Sister of Anita Carter and Helen Carter.
Distant cousin of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Aunt of Kelly Cash and Lorrie Bennett.
Is portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005)
Amongst those who attended her 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 Kristofferson, 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.
Ex-mother-in-law of Nick Lowe.
She had a cousin, Gladys Swiney, who resides in Appalachia, Virginia.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 76-78. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Release of the book, "Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash" by John Carter Cash. [2007]

Personal Quotes (3)

[Reflecting on her 1999 album "Press On"] "I've been really happy just traveling and being Mrs. Johnny Cash all these years. But I'm also really happy and surprised that someone wanted me to make another album, and I'm real proud of what I've done."
[Talking about her husband Johnny Cash. (2002)] "I have always enjoyed being a part of his life. I've always loved him, and he's always loved me."
I'm older than Johnny Cash, but I deserve to be. ... By the time I met Johnny, he had so many miles on him, I'll never catch up.

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