Cash's Daughter Walks Out of Premier of "Walk The Line"

NOVEMBER 10, 2005 - Posted at 4:01 p.m. CST

NASHVILLE, TN - 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 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 told The Tennessean newspaper that the film unfairly shows her mother, Vivian Liberto Distin, Johnny Cash's first wife, as a shrew.

Kathy Cash says her mother was proud of Cash until he started taking drugs and stopped coming home.

The movie opens nationwide on November 18.

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.

She was the woman Cash pledged to remain faithful to in his song "I Walk the Line."

Cash was a northeast Arkansas native, and was living in rural Mississippi County when he signed with Memphis-based Sun Records in the 1950s.  K8 News will broadcast a special report on local memories of Cash on the eve of the new film, in our 6 p.m. newscast on November 17.  The report will feature interviews with his fellow Region 8 natives and Sun recording artists Sonny Burgess and Billy Lee Riley.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)