Sam Shepard (born Samuel Shepard Rogers III; November 5, 1943) is an American playwright, actor, and television and film director. He is the author of several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009.
"It's hard to be with someone for five years and say, 'This isn't going to work.' But it was a time in my life where I finally just said, 'I can't live for anyone else anymore. I have to be on my own.' I realized I probably felt like Little Edie [Bouvier] did. I felt she was really in pain inside, and I was starting to feel less optimistic in my life, and it was exciting for me to have something to put it into [by filming 'Grey Gardens,' about Little Edie]. I was so mad at some of the things that have happened in my life, and all I ever wanted to say was, 'No-no-no. I am fabulous, I am happy, I can take care of myself. Don't worry about me. I am totally professional.' But you know, maybe everything is not fucking okay all the time."