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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sam Shepard  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1943 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Shepard was born in Fort Sheridan as Samuel Shepard Rogers III. He was named after his father.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sam Shepard was a Playwright, Author, Actor, Screenwriter and Director. He was the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than fifty-five plays and several story collections. As an actor, he appeared in more than sixty films, and received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for ''The Right Stuff''. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, received the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy, and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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-- '''''Great Dream of Heaven''''' *Finalist, W. H. Smith Literary Award