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Sam Shepard conquered both stage and screen

Sam Shepard was an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director.
Sam Shepard was an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director.

Sam Shepard’s work spanned over half a century. He wrote 44 plays,  several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs.

He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.”  He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in film “The Right Stuff” (1983).

Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York magazine described him as “the greatest American playwright of his generation.

Shepard’s plays are known for their bleak, poetic, often surrealist elements, black humor, and rootless characters living on the outskirts of American society. His style evolved over the years, from the absurdism of his early off-off-Broadway work to the realism of “Buried Child” and “Curse of the Starving Class” (both 1978).

Visit Shepard’s website here.

The obituaries:

Playbill.comThe Off-Broadway pioneer’s works included “Buried Child” and “Fool for Love.”

Variety: Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Celebrated Actor, Dies at 73

New York TimesSam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and
Actor, Is Dead at 73

The Washington PostSam Shepard, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, dies at 73

Vanity FairSam Shepard, Prolific Playwright and Actor, Dies at 73

CNN: Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-winning playwright and actor, dead at 73

The GuardianSam Shepard, playwright and actor, dies age 73

Elizabeth Wilson, 94, who specialized in playing moms has died

Elizabeth Wilson (center) and Bill Murray (far right) in a scene from "Hyde Park on Hudson." (2012)
Elizabeth Wilson (center) played Bill Murray’s (far right) mom in “Hyde Park on Hudson.” (2012) It was the last role she played in her career.

News that Elizabeth Wilson, an actress who played lots of moms on stage and screen has died, was released today. The character actress, who never had any children of her own, was 94.

According to the great Internet Broadway Database website, or IBDB, she was in more than 20 Broadway shows. I am glad to say I saw her in four: Threepenny OperaMorning’s at SevenYou Can’t Take It With You and A Delicate Balance.

She won a Tony Award for playing a blinded Vietnam War veteran’s mother in “Sticks and Bones” and on screen played Dustin Hoffman’s mom in “The Graduate.”

Click here for the NYTimes obit.