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|Shepard in 2004|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Samuel Shepard Rogers III
(1943-11-05)November 5, 1943
Fort Sheridan, Illinois, U.S.
|Deceased||July 27, 2017(2017-07-27)
Midway, Kentucky, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis|
|Wife/Husband||O-Lan Jones (m. 1969; div. 1984)|
|Partner(s)||Jessica Lange (c. 1982; sep. 2009)|
Samuel «Sam» Shepard Rogers III (Fort Sheridan, Illinois, November 5, 1943-Midway, Kentucky, July 27, 2017) was considered one of the most important contemporary playwrights of U.S. He was a prominent character of the American scene since the appearance of his first works, in the 1960s, and considered by critics as the heir of the great American authors. Shepard was also a writer, screenwriter, actor and musician. He achieved fame among the general public for his role as a screenwriter and film actor with well-known films such as Chosen for Glory, Steel Magnolias, The Pelican Report, Black Hawk Down or Paris, Texas.
Sam Shepard’s Biography
He was born in 1943 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois, where he had strong family ties and was the oldest of three brothers. His father was a member of the Air Force of the United States and later he dedicated himself to teaching Spanish. His mother was born in Chicago.
Later the family moved to California, where he dedicated himself to raising sheep and growing avocados at his farm in Duarte, near Pasadena. During his childhood in this farm, he lived many of the experiences that later marked his work. His youth was marked by the fall of his father in alcoholism and the consequent family deterioration. During his time at the High School he began writing poetry and acting, while working as a stable boy on a horse ranch. At the same time he read the work of Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot, which made a great impression on him. He also occasionally worked as an orange picker and shearer.
Thinking of becoming a veterinarian, he started studying agriculture at Mount Antonio Junior College, but a year later he joined a traveling theater group called Bishop’s Company Repertory Players. He was on tour with the group during the years 1962 and 1963.
At the age of 19 he moved to New York, where he started using the name Sam Shepard. While continuing his theatrical career he worked as a waiter. His debut as an author took place on October 16, 1964, with the joint premiere of Cowboys and Rock Garden at the Genesis Theater. The premiere received good reviews and from there it gained reputation with a series of works produced by Off-Off-Broadway theaters.
In 1966 he received a scholarship from the University of Minnesota and that same year he won three Obie awards for his works Chicago, Icarus’s Mother and Red Cross, which was an unprecedented event. These awards markedly boosted his career when the mainstream of critics remained cautious about his work. After receiving a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he became a full-time writer.
On November 9, 1969, he married actress O-Lan Jones, from whom he divorced in 1984 and with whom he had his first child, Jesse Mojo Shepard. In 1971 he had a relationship with rock star and poet Patti Smith and together they wrote the play Cowboy Mouth.
In 1971 he moved with his family to England, where he lived until 1974. When he turned 30, he had already written 30 works released.
Upon returning to the United States he settled in San Francisco and worked as a resident author (English: playwright-in-residence) of the Magic Theater of that city for ten years. It was during that time in San Francisco when he wrote the works that consolidated his prestige: Curse of the Starving Class (1976), Buried Child (1979), a history of incest and murder with which he won a Pulitzer Prize; and The Authentic West (1980).
In 1978 he began his career as a film actor and that same year he began his collaboration with Joseph Chaikin, which would have as a result several plays.
In 1982 he met the actress Jessica Lange during the filming of the film Frances, in which both participated, although they never married. They had two children, Hannah Jane Shepard and Samuel Walker Shepard, with whom they lived in a ranch outside of Stillwater, Minnesota.
In the 1980s he continued his theatrical career obtaining numerous awards. His film career as an actor and screenwriter began to take off. His most popular and acclaimed film, Paris, Texas, won the Palme d’Or at the 1981 Cannes International Film Festival. The screenplay was commissioned by director Wim Wenders and was inspired by Shepard’s book Chronicles of Motel.
In the 1990s he continued to write theater, but at a slower pace than in previous decades. While his career as a film actor continued to flourish.
Shepard died on July 27, 2017, at the age of 73 as a result of ELA, according to the family, in Midway, Kentucky, United States.
Posthumously his book The Spy of the Self (which went on sale in the US on the Knopf label on December 5 with the title Spy of the First Person) has been published in which he describes his experiences of the disease by half of recordings made by his children. In the dedication of the book they state: “Hannah, Walker and Jesse would like to celebrate the life and work of their father and record the immense effort it took for him to complete his last book.”
The spy of the self showed up at Saint Ann’s Warehouse, the cultural center of New York, to which the activities of the church of the same name, of Brooklyn Heights, were transferred. In the act his great friend Patti Smith and other friends of the playwright and actor read fragments of his posthumous work and the last book he published in life, The One Inside (“The one that I carry inside”), published in February 2017. p>
Sam Shepard Net Worth – $10 Million
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