Carolyn Cassady was born in Lansing, Mich., in 1923 and grew up in Nashville, Tenn. She first met a then-married Neal Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg while she was at the University of Denver getting a masters' degree in Fine Arts and Theater Arts. She and Neil Cassady married in 1948 — after he had obtained a divorce from his wife.
They had three children and were married for around 15 years. She also had an affair with Kerouac — at Neal Cassady's urging, Carolyn said.
In the 2011 English-language Swedish documentary film titled "Love Always, Carolyn," she said it was "Neal's wish to share me" with Kerouac. "I was against it, to begin with, but it was a survival for me to keep the man I loved."
Associated Press writer Terry Chea in San Francisco contributed to this report.