Vivian Liberto Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career and Death

Vivian Liberto Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career, and Death.

Vivian Liberto Net Worth 2020 – Vivian Liberto was the first wife of the legendary American country singer, Johnny Cash. She was a devoted mother and homemaker who preferred to stay away from the limelight throughout her life, specifically during the time she was married to her famous husband.

A privacy seeker, Liberto was always dedicated towards her family and the growth and nourishment of her children.


Vivian Dorraine Liberto was born on April 23, 1934, in San Antonio, Texas, United States, and raised in a Roman Catholic family. Vivian Liberto is the only known daughter of Irene Robinson Liberto (1913–1979) and Thomas Peter Liberto (1905–1971). She also has an older brother named Raymond Alvin Liberto (1932–2008).

The subject of her race and ethnicity has been something of controversy since her marriage to her famous ex-husband Johnny Cash.

Although Vivian Liberto did identify as Italian-American, a 1950s newspaper headline made reference to her ethnicity as black, which made her and Cash a target to a white supremacist group who said the money from Cash’s hit music supplied him “with drugs and black women.”

At age 17, Liberto met Cash on July 18, 1951, at a roller-skating rink in San Antonio when he asked her for a skate near closing time.

They dated for three weeks before Cash was sent to Germany by the Air Force. All the while they maintained a distant relationship by exchanging more than 10,000 pages of love letters.

They later got married at her hometown San Antonio, Texas on August 7, 1954, more than a month after he returned from Air Force duty in Europe.

Liberto and Cash settled in Memphis, Tennesse where he worked as a home appliance salesman and also pursued his musical career

Vivian Liberto and Johnny Cash had fours kids together in their thirteen years of marriage from August 7, 1954, to 1967.

Her children are Rosanne Cash whom she had on May 24, 1955; Kathy Cash (April 16, 1956); Cindy Cash (July 29, 1959); and Tara Cash (August 24, 1961).

It was Vivian Liberto who filed for divorce in 1966, following Cash’s drug abuse and infidelity with country singer June Carter.

While she remarried officer Dick Distin in 1968 and retired to a quiet life in Ventura, Cash got married to Carter the same year.


Unlike Johnny Cash’s second wife, June Carter, who was at the forefront of stardom, Vivian Liberto was a homemaker who focused on looking after her children and household while her first husband Johnny Cash concentrated on his booming music career in the 1950s.

In an attempt to change the world’s perception about her relationship and clarify her position, she wrote her 2007 memoir, ‘I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny’.

The autobiography, which she co-authored with Anne Sharpsteen, entails a vivid description of her courtship with Cash, her early marriage days as well as the hardships she faced a few years prior to her divorce.

In fact, the title of Vivian Liberto’s book proved to be a reminder to his fans that the 1956 hit song, ‘I Walk the Line,’ which was the singer’s fidelity pledge to his wife was effectively broken.

The gracious and humble Liberto was always surrounded by friends and family who she was highly attached to throughout her lifetime.

It was only after the release of the 2005 Oscar-winning film, ‘Walk the Line,’ based on Johnny Cash’s two autobiographies, Liberto decided to tell her side of the story by writing an autobiography. Despite all her adversities, the self-sufficient woman was always amicable towards Cash who divorced her to marry June Carter.

However, Liberto never behaved like a shattered wife and committed herself to contribute towards the community.

She was a three-term president of the Garden Club of San Buenaventura apart from volunteering for the county hospital and a home for unwed mothers in Los Angeles, among other charities.

Her Death

Liberto died on Tuesday, May 24, 2005, at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura surrounded by so many close relatives – her second husband, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, few dear friends, and her parish priest.

She died of complications from surgery for lung cancer and her memorial Mass was held at 2 p.m. on May 28, 2005, at Sacred Heart Church, 10800 Henderson Road, Ventura

Net Worth

There is no accurate report on Vivian Liberto’s net worth but reports on her lifestyle said she always had food, flowers, and friends in her house.

Her first daughter Rosanne said Liberto enjoyed a breathtaking amount of loyalty and respect mostly for her hospitable and friendly personality.

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