Fast Facts

  • Began her music career as a member of the famed Carter Family singing group, which included her mother and sisters.
  • Not as strong a singer as her sisters, she would entertain the audience by performing comedy sketches.
  • Studied acting with Lee Strasburg and made her TV acting debut in Gunsmoke.
  • Was introduced to future husband Johnny Cash by Elvis Presley.  Cash introduced himself by saying "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash and I'm going to marry you someday"; 12 years later, he did.
  • Cowrote "Ring of Fire," which was originally recorded by her sister Anita, and ultimately became a Top 10 hit for Johnny Cash in 1963. 
  • Won two Grammy awards with Cash and three as a solo artist.
  • Is the godmother of country musician Hank Williams Jr.
  • Wrote two autobiographies, Among My Klediments (1979) and From My Heart (1987).

Awards

  • 2003, Grammy — Best Traditional Folk Album: Winner
  • 1970, Grammy — Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group: Winner
  • 1967, Grammy — Best Country & Western Performance Duet, Trio or Group (Vocal or Instrumental): Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Traditional Folk Album: Winner
  • 2003, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner

Relationships

  • Tara Cash — Stepdaughter
  • Carl Smith — Ex-husband
  • Cindy Cash — Stepdaughter
  • Johnny Cash — Husband (deceased)
  • John Carter Cash — Son
  • Ina Anita Carter — Sister
  • Maybelle Carter — Mother
  • Helen Carter — Sister
  • Rosanne Cash — Stepdaughter
  • Hank Williams Jr. — Godchild
  • Carlene Carter — Daughter
  • Kathy Cash — Stepdaughter
  • Rosey Nix Adams — Daughter
  • Edwin "Rip" Nix — Ex-husband
  • Ezra Carter — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: Valerie June Carter
  • Birth Place: Maces Spring, VA
  • Birthday: June 23, 1929, Cancer
  • Died: May 15, 2003
  • Profession: Country musician, Songwriter, Actor, Author
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