#American #countrymusic #legend Johnny Cash's 1st wife: #VivianCash confesses that she never stopped loving #JohnnyCash 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 #CasitasSprings from 1961 to 1967, a 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 1965 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." While Johnny toured (sometimes with June) and his fame grew, Vivian stayed home.
"She'd say, If I only could have traveled with him instead of being here raising four kids, things would have been different,'" recalled longtime friend Alice Smith of #Ventura. "She said that a lot."
Vivian remarried (Ventura Police Officer #DickDistin, who still lives in town) in 1968 and lived out her days in Ventura, an active, admired and social member of the community. All four #daughters she had with Cash — #RosanneCash, #KathyCash, #CindyCash and #TaraCash — graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura.
Vivian died in May 2005 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 2005 film "#WalktheLine," with #JoaquinPhoenix as Johnny and #ReeseWitherspoon as #JuneCarterCash depicted in a dreamy love story.