June Carter Cash

  • Birth Name: Valerie June Carter
  • Birth Place: Maces Spring, Virginia, United States
  • Died: May 15, 2003
  • Profession: Country musician, Songwriter, Actor, Author
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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).


  • 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
  • 2003, Grammy — Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2003, Grammy — Best Traditional Folk Album: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Traditional Folk Album: Winner


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

Emmys 2019

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MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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