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    Here's an interesting article in her local newspaper Ventura County when she wrote the book. She met him when she was 17. When he came out of the military several years later they were married. They were married for 11 years. She had four children with him. She blamed his drug addiction and June Carter for the collapse of their marriage. She was there with him from the early years. It must have been hell to be written out of his life as being anyone of significance, in the shadow of the June and Johnny love story. She was very upset in how they portrayed her in the movie.

    https://www.vcstar.com/story/enterta...ash-/92772320/
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    She looks gorgeous. I'd forgotten he had a first wife.
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    Well, knowing this now makes me irritated that they portrayed her as lily white in the movie Walk the Line. I am surprised the Black community didn't pitch a fit about it, but like me, they probably didn't know. Still, SOMEbody connected to the dang movie knew and should've cast at least a bi-racial actress. Gennifer Goodwin is not bi-racial, at least to my knowledge.
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    There were a lot of inaccuracies in that movie. "Walk the Line" was written for Vivian, but you'd think June was the inspiration. Of course they had to make it the great love story, not a homewreckin' tale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    There were a lot of inaccuracies in that movie. "Walk the Line" was written for Vivian, but you'd think June was the inspiration. Of course they had to make it the great love story, not a homewreckin' tale.
    Johnny and June loved each other dearly, but they trod on a lot of hearts and toes to get to their happy ever after. I love and idolise them both but man... there's no point beating around the bush.

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    She doesn’t even look “passing.” She looks like a straight up black woman, she looks like she belongs on my mom’s side of the family. That lady has black ancestry somewhere. I would be shocked if a DNA test was done snd she WASN’T at least partially black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    Vivian was gorgeous! In that “Country Music” docuseries that Ken Burns did, Rosanne addressed that incident where people thought her mother was black.
    That was an amazing docuseries! I didn't consider myself much of a country music fan, but by the time I'd finished watching I was singing along with the majority of tunes. I have a new found respect for the genre, particularly the early stuff. I need to watch it again.
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    ^ I really loved it too, and didn't think I would but I was hooked. Who knew Marty Stuart was such a great historian? Or that he was married to Connie Smith, who I never heard of but was a country singer 17 years his senior?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkles View Post
    That was an amazing docuseries! I didn't consider myself much of a country music fan, but by the time I'd finished watching I was singing along with the majority of tunes. I have a new found respect for the genre, particularly the early stuff. I need to watch it again.
    Yes, I loved it. Actually bought thr DVD of the series after watching it on SBS as I enjoyed it thar much ill watch it again in the future. Really thoughtful and well done.

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    ^ And Peter Coyote was a great narrator.
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    I like that Burns really gave the women of country their dues too. Maybel Carter and her daughters, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy, Dolly, etc through to Judd's, Reba McIntyre etc.

    Also a lot of focus on women behind the scenes too.
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