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Jessica Lange Talks About Ex Partner Sam Shepard Just Before His Death

Famed playwright and actor Sam Shepard passed away at the age of 73 this weekend, and just before his death, his ex partner Jessica Lange spoke of him in an interview.

The 68-year-old actress was with Sam from 1982 to 2009 and they shared two children, Hannah and Samuel.

“I wouldn’t call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everybody has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of humor,” Jessica told AARP magazine.

Sam spoke of Jessica back in 2010.

“I mean, we have long periods of relative calm,” Sam previously told The Guardian. “We’re definitely an incredible match. But, you know, not without fireworks … although at this point, you know, she’s the only woman I could live with. Who could live with me! What other woman would put up with me? … I’d 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.”

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Celebrities Pay Tribute to Sam Shepard After His Death - Read the Tweets

Sam Shepard has tragically passed away at the age of 73 after battling ALS (the terrible disease that prompted the ice bucket challenge.)

The actor, director, and famed playwright passed over the weekend in Kentucky, and since news of his death became public, celebrities have been paying tribute to him on social media.

You may recognize Sam for one of his most recent projects: Netflix’s Bloodline, where he played the role of Robert Rayburn.

Our thoughts are with Sam‘s loved ones during this time.

See some of the tributes below…

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Sam Shepard Dead - Actor & Playwright Passes Away at 73

Sam Shepard, famous playwright as well as an accomplished actor and director, passed away at his home in Kentucky on Sunday (July 30) after battling ALS, the New York Times reports. He was 73.

A gifted playwright, he wrote forty-four in his lifetime, along with essays, books of short stories, and memoirs. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for the play Buried Child. In addition to his career as a writer, Sam was an accomplished actor and he was nominated for an Oscar for his work in 1983′s The Right Stuff.

Recently, Sam was featured in the Netflix series Bloodline in the role of Robert Rayburn. Other notable works include August: Osage County, Black Hawk Down, The Notebook, The Pelican Brief, and dozens more.

Our thoughts are with Sam‘s loved ones during this difficult time. He is survived by his two kids and his sisters.

Jack Quaid Stars Alongside Mom Meg Ryan in 'Ithaca' Trailer

Check out this first look trailer at Meg Ryan‘s directorial debut, Ithaca!

Here’s the synopsis: When his older brother leaves to fight in the Second World War, fourteen-year-old Homer Macauley takes on a job as a bicycle telegraph messenger to provide for his widowed mother, his older sister and his younger brother.

Homer delivers messages of love, hope, pain and death to the good people of Ithaca, but soon must grapple with a message that will change him forever.

Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan‘s 1943 novel The Human Comedy, Ithaca is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth, the abruptness of change, the sweetness of life, the sting of death, and the sheer goodness that lives in each and every one of us.

The film also stars Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater, Alex Neustaedter, Tom Hanks, Meg and her son Jack Quaid.

Ithaca hits theaters on September 9!

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Sam Shepard Arrested on Suspicion of Drunk Driving

Sam Shepard was arrested on Monday (May 25) on the suspicion of drunken driving in Santa Fe, N.M.

The 71-year-old Oscar-nominated actor, who can be seen in the new Netflix series Bloodline, was arrested after the security guard at a restaurant complained about a possibly intoxicated driver, according to the Associated Press.

“Our officer could smell alcohol on his breath, and he had bloodshot, watery eyes,” Santa Fe police Lt. Andrea Dobyns said.

The cops were called after he tried to leave the restaurant in his pickup truck, but the emergency brake was on. Sam reportedly told the officers that he had two tequila drinks and was planning to drive home. He declined to take a breathalyzer test and he failed a field sobriety test.

This is the second time that Sam has been arrested on drunken driving charges. He was previously arrested in central Illinois after driving 16 mph over the speed limit at double the legal blood-alcohol limit.