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Sam Shepard’s Style

by habituallychic

08 . 01 . 17

American playwright, author, screenwriter, actor, and director Sam Shepard passed away last week. He grew up in the Midwest but moved to New York in the 1960’s where he hung out with Patti Smith and Robert Maplethorpe and went on tour with Bob Dylan. He wrote 44 plays including Buried Child but most people probably know him as an actor. He’s best known for the classic film Days of Heaven, The Right Stuff, and my personal favorite, Baby Boom. He’s also known for his 30 year love affair with actress Jessica Lange with whom he has two children. You can feel the love in photos of them taken by photographer Bruce Weber for Vanity Fair. It’s clear from looking at old photos of Sam Shepard that he also had great style which is coming to light after his death. You can take the boy out of the midwest but you can’t take the midwest out of the boy.

“I hate endings. Just detest them. Beginnings are definitely the most exciting, middles are perplexing and endings are a disaster. … The temptation towards resolution, towards wrapping up the package, seems to me a terrible trap. Why not be more honest with the moment? The most authentic endings are the ones which are already revolving towards another beginning. That’s genius.” -Sam Shepard

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  1. Lisa Thomson August 1, 2017 | 5:00 pm

    LOVE this man. His roles were always perfectly suited. I admired his love, Jessica Lange who also seemed perfectly suited for him. This was a lovely tribute.

  2. primadarling.com August 1, 2017 | 8:57 pm

    He was special, smart, handsome, a talented actor and writer and so masculine without the macho nonsense. Thanks for the tribute.

  3. Sherry August 2, 2017 | 2:31 am

    Charisma plus! Loved him always, especially as Truvy’s husband Spud in Steel Magnolias. RIP.

  4. Sherry August 2, 2017 | 2:32 am

    Charisma plus! Loved him always, but especially as Truvy’s husband Spud in Steel Magnolias. RIP.

  5. Patricia Harmanci August 2, 2017 | 9:40 am

    “Baby Boom” was my favorite too! I watch it often–perfect role for his laid back style!

  6. Tabulous Design August 2, 2017 | 10:06 am

    Loved Sam so much, all of his work was exceptional whether writing or on the screen. I think the first image you have of he and Jessica must be about the time she did “Tootsie”, both so young and beautiful.