About the Film

In My Darling Vivian, director Matt Riddlehoover traces the romantic, wrenching, and dizzying journey of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters.

Produced by Dustin Tittle, the grandson of Vivian Liberto and Johnny Cash, the film has exclusive, unprecedented access to never-before-seen footage and photographs, as well as to Vivian and Johnny's daughters themselves. Meet the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters — Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash Tittle, Cindy Cash, and Tara Cash Schwoebel — share first hand, and for the first time, the entire story of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival.

My Darling Vivian is an Official Selection of the South by Southwest 2020 Film Festival.


"★★★★½ Engaging and heartbreaking... A long-overdue must-see that sets the record straight... There is great value to be found in My Darling Vivian, if you’re up to walk this line."
- Bradley Gibson, Film Threat

"★★★★ An incredible film for the rich portrait it paints of a complex, very private woman... Liberto was Cash’s inspiration for “I Walk the Line,” and their letters and the testimony of their daughters makes it plain that they were deeply in love, at least for a while... The emotional archaeology of Vivian carefully unpacks it and defrosts it and makes for a richer understanding of the complicated feeling that goes into art, artist, and those left in his wake."
- MaryAnn Johanson, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

"★★★★ If there's a legacy to My Darling Vivian, let it be that more people know about Vivian."
- Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies


Vivian Liberto and Johnny Cash
Kathy Cash, Tara Cash, Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash, and Cindy Cash
Vivian Liberto
Johnny Cash admiring a photo of Vivian Liberto
Kathy Cash, Vivian Liberto, Tara Cash, Rosanne Cash, and Cindy Cash
Vivian Liberto, Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash, and Johnny Cash

Photos courtesy the Estate of Vivian Distin.