- Hannah Jane Shepard is the only daughter of the late writer, actor, and director Sam Shepard
- The 37-year-old has experience as an administrative assistant and has worked with several foundations to help others
- Her siblings are in the entertainment industry and her mother Jessica Lange is also a notable actress
Hannah Jane Shepard is covered in the fame of her family members. She is best known as the daughter of 10x Obie Awards-winning writer and director Sam Shepard. She is also the daughter of photographer cum actress Jessica Lange; and sister of artist Sam Walker and writer Jesse Shepard.
Before the death of her father in 2017, he had spent more than 5 decades as a writer who also juggled the arts of writing and directing. He has been able to immortalize his name through works such as La Turisa (1967), Buried Child (1978), A Lie of the Mind (1985, 2010).
Hanah Jane Shepard Has 3 Siblings Famous Siblings
Hannah was born on January 13, 1986, as the first child of Sam Shepard with Jessica Lange. She has 2 older half-siblings and 1 younger brother.
As per reports, the only daughter of the famous writer attended Stillwater High School Minnesota as well as Sarah Lawrence College.
She also is a history graduate from Fordham University where she became the winner of the Loomie Prize for her 2013 paper “Vanished in Plain Sight: Scots-Irish Presbyterian in Wisconsin, 1830-1890.” The prize is given annually for the best seminar paper for MA and Ph.D. history students.
Her Half-Brother Jesse Shepard is a Writer
The older brother of Hannah Jesse Shepard was born in 1970 as the first child of Sam Shepard from his first marriage to O-Lan Jones.
Jesse has taken the route of writing and released his first book, Jubilee King in 2003. At the time, Sam was already an established playwright and screenwriter among other forms of writing with many accolades to his name.
Sam Walker, Brother of Hannah Jane Shepard is a Musician
A year after the dimpled celebrity child was born, her younger brother Samuel Walker Shepard was born on June 14, 1987, in Scottsville, Virginia to the older Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange.
His professional career in music started after he graduated from college. The actor’s and writer’s son started the Dust Busters band before changing its name to Down Hill Strugglers.
Hannah Jane’s Half-Sister is a Dancer and Actress
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Before her mother started dating Sam Shepard, she had given birth to Aleksandra Lange Baryshnikov on March 5, 1981, in Stillwater, Minnesota. Her father is a Russian dancer and actor.
Shura Baryshnikov, the half-sister of Hannah Jane Shepard has a career in the entertainment industry as a dancer, choreographer, actress, educator, and co-founder of the Doppelganger Dance Collective.
The 37-Year-Old’s Father Was Never Married to Her Mother
Her mother Jessica Lange had married Francisco “Paco” Grande, a photographer in 1970. The marriage ended in a divorce in the early 1980s following a separation.
Around 1976, she started to date Mikhail Baryshnikov, a Russian dancer. The relationship resulted in a daughter, Shura Baryshnikov in 1981.
Although Lange and Hannah’s father had been together from 1982 to 2009, they were never married. The relationship that lasted 27 years, produced 2 children, Sam Walker Shepard and Hannah Jane Shepard.
Away from her private life, Lange is an actress famous for her roles in King Kong (1976), Frances (1982), Sweet Dreams (1985), The Vow (2012), and Wild Oats (2016).
Sam Shepard nonetheless was married once. Before the birth of Hannah, her father had married actress, composer, and producer O-Lan Jones in 1969, and in 1984, they headed for a divorce after a child, Jesse.
The first wife of Hannah’s father O-Lan would go on to be married to Haldor Enard in 2003.
The .. years old ex-wife of the older Shepard is acclaimed for her contributions to films and series such as A Death in Canaan (1978), Married to the Mob (1988), American Girl (2002), and Community (2015).
Other Women the Father of Hannah Shepard Has Been Linked to
- Her father reportedly had an extramarital affair with music act Patti Smith (1970-1971)
- Singer Joni Michell is said to have had an affair with the older Shepard
- He also dated Mia Kirshner, a Canadian actress (2014-2015)
She Works Towards Helping African Children
The Sarah Lawrence College graduate has not followed the path of many of her family members in showbiz. Rather, she is reportedly an administrative assistant for Hawthorne Valley Association, Per heavy.com.
With Hawthorne, the celebrity has done a couple of works with charity organizations. She has also been able to reach out to render support to orphans and children at risk of AIDS in South Africa through an NGO known as African Solutions to African Problems (ASAP).
Also, her mother Jessica Lange has been involved in Humanitarian works over the years. She has worked with UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador with the aim of creating awareness and reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in DR Congo as well as Russia.
Hannah Jane Shepard Lost Her Father to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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After more than 50 years in the entertainment industry as a writer and producer, Hannah’s father, Shepard died on July 27, 2017, at 73. The cause of the death is reportedly a result of complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.
Prior to his death, Sam Shepard had worked on movies as plays such as the following:
Quick Facts About Sam Shepard’s Only Daughter
- Her family is known for its love for horses with her father and brother Jesse showing it off through their works
- Her net with may seem difficult to trace but her father’s net worth is estimated at $10 million at the time he passed. Her mother, Lange has an estimated worth of $20 million according to Celebrity Net Worth
- Her height is above 5 feet while her father was 6 feet 2 inches tall
- The paternal grandfather of Hannah Jane Shepard, Samuel Shepard Rogers Jr. served in the United States Army Air Force as a bombing pilot during WWII lasted from 1939 to 1965
- Hannah’s mother fostered a child with disabilities in the early 1990s