11 Reasons Why Johnny and June Are #RelationshipGoals - Southern Living
When it comes to love stories, there's none quite like Johnny Cash and June Carter's. Here's how the iconic couple first met, how Johnny. Drugs and June Carter, Vivian Cash writes in her new book, ruined Johnny Cash — and Carter, others told her, was the more relentless of the two threats. The two had met at a roller-skating rink in her hometown of San. Johnny Cash's proposal to June Carter was something straight out of a movie — literally. Cash and Carter met for the first time backstage at the Grand Ole precious gifts God could have given us,” June Carter said of Cash.
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Johnny Cash's first wife tells of romance, heartbreak
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By turns sad and uplifting, the book is a sobering antidote to our celebrity-obsessed culture and speaks to the oft-ignored fallout from fame. In it, Vivian confesses that she never stopped loving Johnny and wistfully ruminates on what might have been had drugs and June not entered their lives.
The heart and setting for much of this is Johnny and Vivian's stint living in a hillside home above Nye Road in Casitas Springs from toa period containing some of the most colorful and worst of the legendary Man in Black's bad-boy behavior — the pills, the booze, the binges, the arrests and an infamous June forest fire he set above Fillmore.
It wasn't long after they moved to Casitas Springs, Vivian writes in the book, "that everything, and I mean everything, started to fall apart. Bonaventure High School in Ventura. Vivian died in May at age 71, shortly after finishing the manuscript on her days with Johnny. In some ways, her book is a retort to the Oscar-winning film "Walk the Line," with Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny and Reese Witherspoon as June depicted in a dreamy love story.
The film portrayed Johnny as the aggressive pursuer and June as the reluctant one, but Vivian paints June as the chaser — most pointedly in the book when she writes about an angry backstage confrontation in an unnamed place in which June said to her, "Vivian, he will be mine. She made herself very available, to where he pursued her back.
She also claims June Carter was a drug supplier for Johnny, contributed to his addiction and was also an addict.
Where the absolute truth in all this lies is likely buried: The three prongs of the love triangle who can speak directly to it are all dead — June Carter and Johnny Cash died in Johnny Cash blessed the book and supposedly was going to write the foreword before he passed away.
But his fingerprints are all over it. In fact, most of this unusual memoir is written by the Man in Black — fully 75 percent of the page book is love letters he wrote to Vivian while he was an Air Force serviceman stationed in Germany from to The two had met at a roller-skating rink in her hometown of San Antonio and engaged in a whirlwind three-week romance before he shipped out to Europe.
Sharpsteen said she and Vivian sifted through almost 10, pages of love letters the two wrote each other while they were apart. Vivian's sister Sylvia Flye, who proofread some of the book, said she had a reason for including so many of the love letters.
She wanted to show people she wasn't the ogre. The book's concluding section, in which Vivian is very open about the triangle, has raised eyebrows among her friends. Though Vivian confided in some of them, she was a private sort who usually talked about Johnny only when others brought it up.
The last part "was very enlightening to me," said Suzanne Dunn of Oxnard. Helen Boyd of Ventura said Vivian told her some things but added, "It wasn't hatred or venom or anything like that. And she didn't speak hostilely about June Carter. To be sort of overlooked was very hurtful; it would have been hurtful to anyone.
And in her situation, it was worse because he was a very public figure. On that subject, her mother was frustrated and "feeling invisible. But rather than being the shattered ex-wife, Vivian — at least outwardly — threw herself into life and the community.
She was a three-term president of the Garden Club of San Buenaventura and did volunteer work for the county hospital and a home for unwed mothers in Los Angeles, among other things. Those who knew her, from close friends to casual acquaintances, unfailingly speak of her in glowing terms — kind, generous, down to earth, socially engaging, a decorating guru and an ace hostess, always ready with her trademark afghans and homemade treats. I liked her a lot. She loved entertaining people there. Said Dunn, who knew her from the Garden Club, "She had an innate sense of style in her dress and her home.
Bonaventure's Fiesta fundraisers in the mids while her son and two of the Cash daughters were in school there and remembers Vivian did whatever it took to help the effort.
Smith, who met Vivian through selling cosmetics, said every room in her house has something she made for her. Cindy Cash said her mom was "completely devoted to being a mother.
But he wasn't far from her mind. Winifred Singleton of Camarillo gave Vivian machine-knitting lessons at her home in the early s and recalled that Vivian once interrupted a session so she could watch a Johnny Cash special on television. She thought that was odd until Vivian told her she was once married to him.
It was hard for many to read Vivian, including Flye, her sister. She found out about the divorce in the media. It came as a shock to Flye. She had looked on the Vivian-Johnny relationship with envy and thought it was a wonderful marriage and great love "until pills and June interfered and I don't know which one came first.
He wasn't good on skates, she recalls, but made up for it by crooning along to the Rosemary Clooney tune playing at the time. A quick romance ensued before the Air Force sent Johnny to Germany. They promised to write each other — and did they ever.
Johnny's letters over the three years came in a flurry, sometimes one a day, and are full of love, innocence and the famous Cash humor.
The son of Arkansas cotton farmers, Cash wrote once of living in a room with "dumb selfish Yankees," adding, "I'm thinking about reviving the Civil War. His tone was often tender, writing in one, "You are the only one for me — for always. I'm not drunk honey. I just dreamed up that name. Several times, he wrote of being drunk or being with other women, remorsefully promising Vivian he wouldn't do it again, only to repeat it.
Vivian who relates that she went out with guys back home doesn't address that head-on but writes of being "crazy in love" then and in the first part of the marriage.
Johnny came home from the service on July 4, Vivian and family gathered at the Cash home in Dyess, Ark. Wordless, "I just fell into his arms, he scooped me up, and we kissed," she writes.
Anne's Catholic Church in San Antonio. They moved to Memphis, where Johnny took a job selling appliances door to door. He soon grew to hate it. His brother Roy introduced him to friends Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins, and they and Johnny shared a love for "hillbilly" music.
He was an all-around great guy and became a very close friend.