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June Carter Cash Timeline
June 23, 1929
Born as Valerie June Carter in Maces Springs, Virginia to Ezra "Eck" Carter and Maybelle Carter, members of The Carter Family country music group.
Without June (who is in school), The Carter Family moves to Del Rio, Texas and begins a regular show on radio station XERA. The station is across the border in Villa AcuĂ±a, Mexico.
June joins her family in Texas and plays autoharp with the group.
The Carter Family moves to radio station WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Carter Family stops recording together. Mother Maybelle Carter forms Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters, featuring herself and her three daughters.
June 1, 1943
Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters begin playing on the radio on WRNL in Richmond, Virginia.
The group moves their act to WRVA radio station in Richmond, Virginia.
The group leaves Richmond, Virginia and returns home to Maces Springs, Virginia. Soon thereafter, they move to Knoxville and perform on radio station WNOX.
The family moves to Springfield, Missouri and performs on radio station KWTO. They meet guitarist Chet Atkins during the period and he joins the group.
The group releases their first single, "The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea." Around this time, June releases her first solo single, a parody of Frank Loesser's "Baby, It's Cold Outside."
The group moves to Nashville and joins the Grand Ole Opry. In addition to singing with the group, June does comedy sketches under the name "Little Junie Carter."
Marries Carl Smith.
Daughter Rebecca Carlene Smith (Carlene Carter) is born.
After ending her marriage with Carl Smith, she moves to New York at the urging of Elia Kazan. He had seen her perform onstage in Tennessee and thought she had great promise. She enrolls at The Actor's Studio and lives with Elia and his wife.
Marries policeman Edwin "Rip" Nix.
Daughter Rozanna Lea is born.
Carter studies at The Actor's Studio in New York City, living with Elia Kazan and his wife.
Appears in the film, Country Music Holiday
Carter and Johnny Cash
win a Grammy for Best Country & Western Performance, Duet, Trio or Group for their song, "Jackson."
Cash proposes onstage at a concert in London, Ontario and she accepts.
March 1, 1968
Cash and Carter marry.
Their son, John Carter Cash, is born.
Carter and Cash win a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "If I Were a Carpenter."
June releases her first album, Appalachian Pride
Sept. 27, 1976
Cash and Carter guest star together on an episode of Little House on the Prairie, entitled "The Collection."
Publishes an autobiography, Among My Klediments
Publishes the memoir, From the Heart
Plays Robert Duvall's mother in the movie, The Apostle
Releases her second album, Press On
. It wins a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Due to heart trouble, she is fitted with a pacemaker.
Her final album, Wildwood Flower
, is released.
April 7, 2003
She appears on the CMT Flameworthy Awards to accept an award in honor of Johnny Cash.
May 7, 2003
She undergoes heart valve replacement surgery. The surgery appears at first to be a success.
May 15, 2003
Unexpected complications arise from the surgery and she dies at the age of 73 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Her final album, Wildwood Flower
, is released posthumously.
Sept. 12, 2003
Johnny Cash dies of complications from diabetes
at the age of 71. He is buried next to June in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Oct. 24, 2003
Her daughter Rosey Nix Adams and bluegrass fiddle player Jimmy Campbell are found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning inside a converted bus near Nashville.
June wins the awards for Best Traditional Folk Album and Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the Grammys.
Nov. 18, 2005
A film about their life, Walk the Line
, is released. It stars Joaquin Phoenix
as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon
as June Carter Cash.