Inside Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange’s 27-year love affair
Marley McMillan

Inside Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange’s 27-year love affair

Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange arrive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills for the gala invitational screening of Tri-Star Pictures’ first production, “The Natural,” May 9, 1984. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

We learned of Sam Shepard’s passing earlier this week, and one person that must certainly be hurting is Minnesota’s own Jessica Lange.

I enjoyed this look back at their relationship, and specifically the ways the two described one another over the years.

Despite having secretly split in 2009, Shepard talked about Lange to the Guardian in 2010 saying, “I’ve never met anybody like her. She was astounding. One of the great things about her, aside from her natural beauty, which was remarkable, was her humbleness.”

He continued, “I’ve never known her, ever, to lie about anything. And I couldn’t say that about… About myself. About anybody. Men lie all the time. Whereas Jessica has this absolute honesty. I think it’s a direct quality of the Midwest, of that background that she’s from.”

Sam Shepard shares a moment with Jessica Lange at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute to Jessica Lange, Monday, April 17, 2006, in New York. The annual Gala Tribute honors the career accomplishments of major figures in the film world, and this year Lange was celebrated for her career which includes two Oscars, for Best Actress in “Blue Sky” and Best Supporting Actress in “Tootsie,” and four Golden Globes. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

A sweet testimony to the Midwest, and of course, to Lange.

Click here to read more about their relationship, and best wishes to Lange and all those who loved Shepard at this time.





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