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Fort Sheridan, Illinois, USA
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Samuel Shepard Rogers III (born 5 November 1943) is an American playwright, and actor, director of stage and screen. He is author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play, Buried Child. Shepard was born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois and worked on a ranch as a teenager. His father, Samuel Shepard Rogers, Jr., was a teacher, farmer, and served in the Air Force as a bomber pilot during World War II. His mother, Jane Elaine Schook, was a teacher and a native of Chicago. After high school Shepard briefly attended college, but dropped out to join a traveling theater group. He avoided the draft during the Vietnam era by claiming to be a heroin addict. The year 1963 found him working as a busboy in Greenwich Village. During this time Shepard was using illicit drugs. He was also a drummer for the eccentric late 1960s rock band Holy Modal Rounders, featured in the movie Easy Rider.
When Shepard first arrived in New York, he roomed with Charlie Mingus, Jr., a friend of his from high school and son of the famous jazz musician. Then he lived with actress Joyce Aaron. He later married actress O-Lan Jones (born O-Lan Johnson, alias O-Lan Johnson Dark, alias O-Lan Barna) from 1969 to 1984, with whom he has one son, Jesse Mojo Shepard (born 1970). After the end of his relationship with the singer and musician Patti Smith, Shepard met Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange on the set of a movie they both starred in, Frances. He moved in with her in 1983, and they have been together ever since. They have two children, Hannah Jane (born 1985) and Walker Samuel Shepard (born 1987). In 2005 Jesse Shepard wrote a book of short stories which was published in San Francisco, and his father appeared together with him at a reading to introduce the book.
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Samuel Shepard Rogers III
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The Right Stuff
Sam Shepard (born Samuel Shepard Rogers III; November 5, 1943) is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.
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Samuel Shepard (died in 1984)
Jane Elaine Rogers (b. 1917)
Sandy Rogers, Roxanne Rogers
Duarte High School, Duarte, CA (1961)
Mount San Antonio Junior College (dropped out)
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Judy Boals, Inc.
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According to our records Sam Shepard is currently single.
He was married to O-Lan Jones from 1969 to 1984.
He also dated Jessica Lange from 1982 to 2009, Patti Smith from 1981 to 1982, Joyce Aaron from 1965 to 1968 and Marisa Berenson.
Sam Shepard is rumored to have hooked up with Joni Mitchell in 1975.
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