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(Johnny) Cash's Daughter Upset With Mom's Portrayal
Breitbart/AP | 11-10-05

Posted on 11/10/2005 3:19:32 PM PST by Liberty Valance

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Kathy Cash, one of Johnny Cash's five children, was so upset about how her mother is portrayed in the upcoming movie "Walk the Line" that she walked out of a family-only screening _ five times.

She thinks the movie, which opens nationwide Nov. 18, is good and that performances by Joaquin Phoenix as her dad and Reese Witherspoon as her stepmother, June Carter Cash, are Oscar-worthy.

But she also said the film unfairly shows her mother, Vivian Liberto Distin, Johnny Cash's first wife, as a shrew. Actress Ginnifer Goodwin plays her in the movie.

"My mom was basically a nonentity in the entire film except for the mad little psycho who hated his career. That's not true. She loved his career and was proud of him until he started taking drugs and stopped coming home," Kathy Cash said.

Vivian Liberto Distin died earlier this year as a result of complications from lung cancer. She and Cash were married 13 years and had four children together. He pledged to remain faithful to her in his song "I Walk the Line."

Kathy Cash also said the movie fails to include any meaningful scenes with the children or show the pain she and her three sisters endured during their father's fight with drugs and their parents' divorce. She says it portrays Johnny Cash's father too negatively.

"Anyone who wants a good sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll movie is gonna love it," she said. "I'm anticipating dyed-in-the-wool fans objecting to a lot of stuff."


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: countrymusic; johnnycash; moviereview; walktheline
Revenge of the First Wives's Club...Reloaded.
1 posted on 11/10/2005 3:19:32 PM PST by Liberty Valance
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To: Liberty Valance

Nope, that was a child speaking, not the ex-wife. This is a child's point of view of her parent.


2 posted on 11/10/2005 3:22:41 PM PST by RetiredArmy (I have no faith in any politician or political party any more. They all lie for their agendas.)
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To: Liberty Valance
Yeah, I'm sure.

Hollyweird does this. They take great liberties with actualities to further their stories for dramatic purposes and sympathetic portrayal.

Make the first wife look bad makes Cash more sympathetic.

By the way, who plays Maybelle Carter? Anyone play Ezra or AP -- are they in the movie?

3 posted on 11/10/2005 3:26:36 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: tallhappy

Correct. When true life doesn't make for a good story, they make things up. And the audience considers it "true history."


4 posted on 11/10/2005 3:34:59 PM PST by My2Cents (Dead people voting is the closest the Democrats come to believing in eternal life.)
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To: Liberty Valance


His daughter has every right to complain and I'm glad I read this. Taking liberties with the lives of GOOD people make me sick.


5 posted on 11/10/2005 3:38:01 PM PST by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: My2Cents

I don't care for "Cliff's Notes" portayals of someone's life. Why don't they focus on the story of one period in his life? Two marriages and ups and downs of his career are many episodes in his life.

If a bio-pic is really successful, they blow the shot at doing a "sequel" by cramming everything in one film.

And I don't need to see them start out when the lead is "five" either. That goes the same for when I read an autobiography.


6 posted on 11/10/2005 3:40:09 PM PST by weegee (To understand the left is to rationalize how abortion can be a birthright.)
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To: Liberty Valance

From what I've read and heard, Johnny really screwed over his first wife almost from the word go. His tune "I Walk the Line" is a total joke in that regard. Although I was surprised to find that Carter, not Cash, wrote "Ring of Fire" and she was talking about literal hellfire.


7 posted on 11/10/2005 3:41:43 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: RetiredArmy

You are correct.


8 posted on 11/10/2005 4:06:52 PM PST by Liberty Valance (T for Texas and T for Tennessee)
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To: Chi-townChief

I don't know about that. I did see Johnny and June live in 68 in Albuquerque. Amazing American music.


9 posted on 11/10/2005 4:09:18 PM PST by Liberty Valance (T for Texas and T for Tennessee)
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To: Liberty Valance

One of my all time JC favorites recorded in 58.




I Still Miss Someone

At my door the leaves are falling
A cold wild wind has come
Sweethearts walk by together
And I still miss someone

I go out on a party
And look for a little fun
But I find a darkened corner
because I still miss someone

Oh, no I never got over those blues eyes
I see them every where
I miss those arms that held me
When all the love was there

I wonder if she's sorry
For leavin' what we'd begun
There's someone for me somewhere
And I still miss someone


10 posted on 11/10/2005 4:14:27 PM PST by Liberty Valance (T for Texas and T for Tennessee)
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To: Liberty Valance

This movie is all that's on the local news here in Memphis since it was filmed here.


11 posted on 11/10/2005 4:18:36 PM PST by Sybeck1 (chance is the “magic wand to make not only rabbits but entire universes appear out of nothing.”)
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To: Liberty Valance; All

I somehow neglected to include the link to the original story. Sorry about that. :o)

http://www.breitbart.com/news/2005/11/10/D8DPRS580.html


12 posted on 11/10/2005 4:20:39 PM PST by Liberty Valance (T for Texas and T for Tennessee)
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To: Liberty Valance

Interesting. Johnny Cash was an amazing talent who had some great triumphs as well as some huge messes in his life. Iirc, his memoirs portrayed his first wife as a good woman who deserved better than the way he treated her. I'm sorry the film can't be equally honest.

Reese Witherspoon as June Carter? I just don't see it!


13 posted on 11/10/2005 4:21:06 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not being paid enough to worry about all this stuff ... so I don't.)
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To: Sybeck1
This movie is all that's on the local news here in Memphis since it was filmed here.

I'll probably go see this one. I do love the man's music.
14 posted on 11/10/2005 4:24:49 PM PST by Liberty Valance (T for Texas and T for Tennessee)
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To: Liberty Valance

In interviews I've read, JC was pretty sympathetic towards his first wife and acknowledged his bad behavior during their marriage. Most people who achieve superstar status succumb to temptation of one form or a few. One of the things that make JC great is that he got back on track when so many others haven't been able to.


15 posted on 11/10/2005 5:37:34 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Welsh Rabbit

Ring of Fire was written about being torn between his first wife and Ms. Carter.


16 posted on 11/10/2005 5:39:42 PM PST by Clemenza (In League with the Freemasons, The Bilderbergers, and the Learned Elders of Zion)
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To: Clemenza

Actually, Johnny Cash was a saint in marriage compared to some of his contemporaries; Merle Haggard has had five wives, George Jones has had four, I don't know how many Willy Nelson has, but it's been a few.


17 posted on 11/10/2005 5:54:37 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Welsh Rabbit

Click on my homepage to see a cool photo of Johnny Cash with Elvis.


18 posted on 11/10/2005 5:56:53 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Liberty Valance

Yeah - the original recording of "Ring of Fire" was by Anita Carter, June's sister. Cash, in a drug-induced sleep, "heard" the tune being performed by the Tijuana Brass and decided to drag the trumpets into the studio.


19 posted on 11/10/2005 6:18:15 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Liberty Valance

Guess Things Happen That Way
By J. Clement
Recorded by Johnny Cash on 4/9/58
Number one - Country Chart; Number eleven - Pop Chart



Well, you ask me if I'll forget my baby
I guess I will some day
I don't like it but I guess things happen that way

You ask me if I'll get along
I guess I will some way
I don't like it but I guess things happen that way

God gave me that girl to lean on,
Then he put me on my own
Heaven help me be a man
And have the strength to stand alone
I don't like it but I guess things happen that way

You ask me if I'll miss her kisses
I guess I will every day
I don't like it but I guess things happen that way

You ask me if I'll find another
I don't know, I can't say
I don't like it but I guess things happen that way

God gave me that girl to lean on,
Then he put me on my own
Heaven help me be a man
And have the strength to stand alone
I don't like it but I guess things happen that way


20 posted on 11/10/2005 6:21:11 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Clemenza

June Carter wrote Ring of Fire about going to hell for dumping her husband for this junkie and dragging her family name through the mud.

Ring Of Fire
Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore
Recorded by Johnny Cash on 3/25/63
Number one - County Chart; Number 17 - Pop Chart



Love Is A Burning Thing
And It Makes A Fiery Ring
Bound By Wild Desire
I Fell Into A Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

The Taste Of Love Is Sweet
When Hearts Like Ours Meet
I Fell For You Like A Child
Oh, But The Fire Went Wild

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

I Fell Into A Burning Ring Of Fire
I Went Down, Down, Down
And The Flames Went Higher

And It Burns, Burns, Burns
The Ring Of Fire
The Ring Of Fire

And It Burns, Burns, Burns

The Ring Of Fire

The Ring Of Fire


21 posted on 11/10/2005 6:24:27 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Wow. Thanks for posting those lyrics and stories.
Classic Johnny Cash.


22 posted on 11/10/2005 6:46:32 PM PST by Liberty Valance (T for Texas and T for Tennessee)
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To: Liberty Valance

It's kind of funny because for years I thought Cash wrote the song himself about his own drug addiction and was very surprised to find that Carter wrote the lyrics.


23 posted on 11/10/2005 7:01:44 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: RetiredArmy

Little girl thinks the movie is about her and Mommy. Typical female self-centered point of view.


24 posted on 11/11/2005 7:03:11 AM PST by D.P.Roberts
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To: D.P.Roberts
Little girl thinks the movie is about her and Mommy. Typical female self-centered point of view.

Get your flame resistant suit on with that comment. ;)

25 posted on 11/12/2005 8:31:29 AM PST by smith288 (Peace at all cost makes for tyranny free of charge...)
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To: Liberty Valance

Did anybody see the Tribute to Johnny Cash thing on CBS tonight?

It may be just me but the performances (with a couple of exceptions) really SUCKED and it really just seemed like a commercial for the movie.


26 posted on 11/16/2005 9:21:50 PM PST by hattend (In France, it's not just the cheese that's soft and runny.)
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To: Chi-townChief
June Carter wrote Ring of Fire about going to hell for dumping her husband for this junkie and dragging her family name through the mud.

I thought she was already divorced when she met Johnny Cash?

Am I incorrect?

27 posted on 12/03/2005 9:26:04 AM PST by smith288 (Peace at all cost makes for tyranny free of charge...)
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To: smith288

Not necessarily.


28 posted on 12/03/2005 3:45:54 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: Sybeck1

I saw it tonight and it was great!


29 posted on 12/09/2005 10:55:51 PM PST by chris1
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