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RIP sam shepard probably don't know who he is, but you probably know who he is...


damn, he was an asset to american culture.

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Reply #1 posted 07/31/17 6:49pm


Extremely talented man. ALS is a terrible, terrible disease.
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Reply #2 posted 07/31/17 7:31pm



I didn't even know he had ALS. So sad to hear this. My condolences to Jessica Lange, their kids, and family.

Jessica Lange talks about partner of 27 years Sam Shepard and his 'sense of humor' in interview taken just before his death at the age of 73

  • Jessica was with Sam from 1982 until 2009 and never married
  • They had two children, Hannah Jane, 31, and Samuel Walker, 30
  • The interview was conducted weeks before the playwright's passing
  • 'I wouldn’t call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor,' said the iconic star

By Heidi Parker For

PUBLISHED: 12:11 EDT, 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:51 EDT, 31 July 2017

Jessica Lange has been Emmy nominated for her inspired turn as Joan Crawford on the limited TV series Feud.

On Monday her interview with AARP magazine was released where she covered several subjects such as ageism in Hollywood, traveling too much as a child and letting go of negative feelings.

And the 68-year-old beauty also talked about her ex-partner, actor Sam Shepard, who died on Sunday at the age of 73.


Her love is gone: Jessica Lange talked to AARP just before the passing of Sam Shepard, who she was linked to for 27 years; here they are seen in 2007

Lange and Shepard dated from 1982 to 2009 and never married.


Her interview with AARP magazine covered several subjects such as ageism in Hollywood

She has two children with the Oscar nominee: Hannah Jane Shepard, 31, and Samuel Walker Shepard, 30.

The interview was conducted weeks before the playwright's passing.

'I wouldn’t call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor,' said the iconic star.

The Broadway legend died peacefully at his home in Kentucky surrounded by his children and sisters on Sunday after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Broadway World reported.

A spokesman for the Shepard family said the cause was complications of ALS.

Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and is the author of 44 plays as well as several books of short stories, memoirs and essays.


With one of her three kids: Lange with daughter Hannah Jane Shepard (right) at the 70th Annual Tony Awards in NYC in 2016

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1983's The Right Stuff for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager.

He also received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award in 2009 as a master of American dramatist.

Shepard began his acting career in 1978 in Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, where he portrayed a land baron opposite of Richard Gere and Brooke Adams.

In her lengthy interview Jessica also talked about her romance Mikhail Baryshnikov.

They were together from 1976 to 1982. 'When I first met Misha, there was something so familiar about him…physically, emotionally, everything.'


They worked together too: The stars in an embrace on the set of 1984's Country


Her hand a good life: The artist is seen here in the Netflix original series Bloodline

Lange has Shura Baryshnikov, 36, with Baryshnikov.

Jessica also touched on ageism in Hollywood and how it's challenging to find roles over 40.

'Ageism is pervasive in this industry. It’s not a level playing field. You don’t often see women in their 60s playing romantic leads, yet you will see men in their 60s playing romantic leads with costars who are decades younger,' said the King Kong star.

Lange announced in 2013 that she was thinking of retiring. But instead of quitting acting she has gone on to deliver some of her best work.

'It’s the desire to do something brave, to be challenged,' she stated.

As far as learning how to be happy, she said it's more about protecting herself.

'In recent years, I’ve tried to come to grips with the idea that you can actually choose to be happy. You can choose not to let things affect you negatively. I’ve always had such a quick temper. I realize now, it’s such a waste of energy. You can actually choose to let things roll off you,' she said.


So close: The actors side-by-side in 2006 at the premiere of his film Walker Payne

She won her first Oscar in her twenties when she starred with Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.

And the star said it was a joy. 'Tootsie turned out to be the best film I ever made. And to win my first Oscar for it was thrilling, not terrifying, the way it might be today. The awards were more casual then. You did your own hair, you did your own makeup. It wasn’t the fashion event of the season.'


Before Sam: Jessica also talked about her romance Mikhail Baryshnikov; seen in 2004

Lange didn't have an easy childhood as her father was a traveling salesman and a teacher.

She went to eight different schools and was always the new girl in town.

'I was the outsider looking in. I’ve felt that way my whole life, like I never belonged in one particular place. The imagination was my escape and my entertainment. That’s what acting still is for me.'

And the mother of three said her greatest joy are her kids. 'Having children gives you a perspective you didn’t have before. You are no longer the center of the universe. It opened my heart, made me a different person. Every move you make is with someone else in mind. I loved being a mother more than anything else in the world, and being a grandmother is even more fun.

'There’s the chance to do it again. It’s in the perfect order of nature: You raise your children, and then the next generation comes along. They are the redemptive force in nature. Plus, it’s easier!'

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The world is done...
But you don't have to be.
Darkness gathers around the light...
Hold on, hold on...
There is a Light--don't let it go out!
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Reply #3 posted 07/31/17 11:16pm



RIP Sam was an amazing actor, playwright and director. My fav film that he starred in was the classic Days of Heaven (1978) poetic and beautiful 5 out of 5 popcorn which I highly recommend pray


[Edited 7/31/17 23:19pm]

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Reply #4 posted 08/08/17 11:35pm



Rural America: Where Sam Shepard’s roots ran deepest

When Sam Shepard died on July 27 the world lost one of the greatest playwrights of the past half-century. He was an artist renowned for bravely plumbing his own life for material, spinning much of his own pain into theatrical gold. His best work revealed the hollowness behind the idea of the happy family and its corollary, the American dream. Subversive and funny, Shepard had the soul of a poet and an experimental streak that never faded.

The American family was, no doubt, Shepard’s great subject. His quintet of family plays that premiered between 1978 and 1985 – “Curse of the Starving Class,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Buried Child,” “Fool for Love,” “True West” (both nominated for Pulitzers) and “A Lie of the Mind” – form the foundation of Shepard’s lofty reputation. While researching my recent biography of Shepard, I found that most critics and scholars focused on the playwright’s relationship with his father. Rightly so: Samuel Shepard Rogers suffered from alcoholism and his only son grew up bearing the brunt of his abuse. Shepard’s family plays turn on the collateral damage of the fathers.

Less frequently examined is the playwright’s fixation on the land, and the ways in which this plays out in his work. Both as a writer and in his personal outlook, Shepard drew deeply from the old trope that nature and innocence are intertwined. And according to critic Harold Bloom, Shepard saw doom in the “materialistic and technological obsessions of modern society.”

Throughout his work, Shepard decried so-called progress, especially the rampant development of open space. Whether it was the forced sale of a family farm (“Curse of the Starving Class”) or Native Americans being driven off their reservation (“Operation Sidewinder”), it all came to no good.

To Shepard, a relationship with the land was nothing short of existential. As the playwright told an interviewer in 1988:

“What’s most frightening to me right now is this estrangement from life. People and things are becoming more and more removed from the actual. We are becoming more and more removed from the earth to the point that people just don’t know themselves or each other or anything.”

Shepard arrived at this impulse naturally. When he was in elementary school, his family settled in a small house on Lemon Street in Bradbury, California. An orchard of 80 avocado trees attached to the house meant that Shepard – then known by his birth name, Steve Rogers – was kept busy irrigating and harvesting the crop. He also raised dogs and sheep, and when he had free time he worked the fields belonging to his neighbors. During high school, he was an eager member of the 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America, and spent his summers tending to the thoroughbreds at nearby Santa Anita Park.

To Shepard, the creep of development threatened the innocence and vitality of the natural world. Mike Lewinski, CC BY

In college, Shepard’s major wasn’t theater but education. As he once wrote to a friend, back then he wanted to become a “veterinarian with a flashy station wagon, and a flashy blond wife, raising German shepherds in some fancy suburb.” He never finished college nor became a vet. Instead, Shepard left home and made his way across the country to New York City and the East Village, where he would quickly transform himself into the brightest light of the nascent off-off-Broadway scene.

But even as his reputation grew, he never left his agricultural roots behind. In fact, one of Shepard’s early one-act plays was titled “4-H Club” (1965).

Other plays from the 1960s combine his old life with his new one. Rural scenes are full of characters who talk in the hip argot of the Village streets, characters caught in an absurdist situation go “fishing” off the edge of the stage, and Native Americans, by their very presence onstage in plays like 1970’s “Operation Sidewinder,” stake a claim to the land that’s been stolen from them.

With time, the playwright would more directly address the scourge of overdevelopment that he saw happening around him. It would become a running theme of sorts, as Shepard saw the nation growing and changing – but not for the better.

“One of the biggest tragedies about this country was moving from an agricultural society to an urban, industrial society. We’ve been wiped out,” he told Playboy in 1984.

Shepard’s characters embody this loss. In “Geography of a Horse Dreamer” (1974), one character is a gambler who can predict tomorrow’s winners at the racetrack, but loses that power once he’s physically forced from his usual haunts to a new, strange locale. In “Buried Child” (1979), the land holds the answer to the play’s central mystery: At play’s end, the fallow backyard gives up a baby from a shallow grave, shining a light on the incestuous relationship that has led to the ruination of this family – as if the purity of nature had been offended by a terrible transgression. And in Shepard’s late masterpiece, “Ages of the Moon,” two old friends finally find solace by communing with nature at a small, remote campsite.

Nowhere in Shepard’s oeuvre does land play a bigger role than in 1978’s “Curse of the Starving Class.” The Tate family’s farm stands between husband and wife: He wants to unload it to pay off his gambling and drinking debts; she wants to sell it and use the money to escape her marriage and take the children to Europe. The culminating scene features the husband, Weston, coming to his senses after sobering up and walking around his property. Reconnecting with his land, Weston turns his life around, “like peeling off a whole person.”

Shepard’s love of the country and its open spaces would mark all aspects of his career. Also a celebrated actor, he favored “rural” dramas, those set on farms, racetracks or some windswept piece of desert. In his screen debut, Shepard starred as the doomed farmer in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” (1978). In his screenplay for the cult classic film, “Paris, Texas,” (1984) Shepard mirrored the desolation of the South Texas desert in the soul of his protagonist, Travis, a man suffering from a malady that Shepard often said he himself felt: “lostness.” Shepard felt most at home traversing what one western historian called this “strange land full of mystery.” He took pride in being a western writer.

“I was never interested in the mythological cowboy. I was interested in the real thing,” he once said.

“He would call me late in the night,” Patti Smith wrote in a loving tribute, “from somewhere on the road, a ghost town in Texas, a rest stop near Pittsburgh, or from Santa Fe, where he was parked in the desert, listening to the coyotes howling. But most often he would call from his place in Kentucky, on a cold, still night, when one could hear the stars breathing…”

She knew, better than anyone, that such places constituted Shepard’s emotional and physical territory. He adored the vastness of the plains, the green of loping pasturelands; he cherished his time running the highways and byways in his pickup, or sitting next to the campfire on a real-life cattle drive, and reveled in the grit of this country’s less-traveled corners. Shepard loved America for its beauty, its danger and its promise, forever transforming her in our imaginations.

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Reply #5 posted 08/09/17 7:26pm




Related image

They kinda look like brother and sister

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Reply #6 posted 08/17/17 5:31am


Great actor and great writer.


Huge loss. Very sad. May he RIP.


Here's an absolute MUST-SEE


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