|Real Name:||Hannah Jane Shepard|
|Birthday:||January 13, 1986|
|Occupation:||Daughter of Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange|
Hannah Jane Shepard is the first child of Sam Shepard and Jessica Lange. Her parents had another child, Samuel Shepard, two years later. But these two are vastly different in their life choices. Hannah has chosen to stay away from the entertainment industry. Her whole educational background and professional career remain a mystery.
On the other hand, her brother Samuel Walker Shepard entered the music world with his band The Down Hill Strugglers in 2008.
Her father is the late American actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Sam Shepard. And her mother is an Academy Award-winning actress. Her father won 10 Obie awards for his writing and directing, more than anyone else.
Today, let’s talk more about Sam’s daughter.
Who Is Her Father?
Every time we talk about a celebrity child in Hollywood, we have to start with their parents. In this case, Sam is the one who most people recognize Hannah for. Yes, her mother is a celebrity as well.
But most people recognize her for her father, Samuel Shepard Rogers III. Born in November 1943, he passed away in July 2017 due to ALS.
He was an American actor, author, screenwriter, director, and celebrity who won 10 Obie Awards for writing and directing.
In total, Sam wrote 58 plays and many books. For his plays, he won Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.
Sam’s most famous plays include Angel City, The Tooth of Crime, Simpatico, Action, La Turista, True West, Cowboy Mouth, A Lit of the Mind, Buried Child, Fool for Love, and more.
Born in the Chicago suburb of Fort Sheridan, Illinois, he was named after his father, Samuel Shepard Rogers Jr. His father served in the United States Army Air Force as a bomber pilot during World War II. But he was also an alcoholic who served as inspiration for dark themes in Sam’s plays.
As a teenager, director Sam Shepard worked on the ranch, and after graduating from Duarte High School, he briefly studied animal husbandry. He believed he could be a veterinarian.
Yet, after he saw Bishop’s Company, a touring theater group in his city, he left with them. He toured with them for a year and then moved to New York City in 1963. He found a job as a busboy at the Village Gate nightclub.
In 1971, he started a relationship with actress Patti Smith, despite being already in marriage. Fun fact: The story and characters in Cowboy Mouth were inspired by their relationship. Following opening night, he fled to New England and shortly after relocated to London.
Three years later, he returned to the United States and continued his career as a playwright. He started getting roles in Hollywood movies as well. Fun fact: he accompanied Bob Dylan on the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975 as the screenwriter for Renaldo and Clara.
Nowadays, fans praise his plays for bleak, poetic, surrealist elements, as well as black comedy and rootless characters. His characters live on the outskirts of American society.
Who Is Her Famous Mother?
Now let’s talk a bit about Hannah’s mother as well, Jessica Lange. Born Jessica Phyllis Lange in April 1949, she is an American actress. Fun fact: She is the 13th actress to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, which means winning an Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Award, and Tony Award. She also has five Golden Globe Awards. Jessica won Academy Award two times, and Emmy Award three times.
At the same time, Jessica is the second actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress after winning Best Supporting Actress before.
She made her professional film debut in Dino De Laurentiis’s remake of the action-adventure classic, King Kong. For that part, she won her first Golden Globe Award.
In 1979, she starred in the highly popular musical film All That Jazz. In 1982, she won her second Golden Globe and first Oscar for portraying a soap opera star in Tootsie.
In 2010, she won her first Primetime Emmy Award for portraying Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s aunt Big Edie in the HBO television series Grey Gardens.
Despite acting, Lange is also a photographer with five published books of photography. She holds a Goodwill Ambassador position for UNICEF, specializing in HIV/AIDS.
In 1982, she met playwright Sam Shepard and got married to him. At the time, she was already married to ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, with whom she has a daughter. Sam and Jessica had a 21-years relationship before ending it in 2009.
Now let’s talk about Sam and Jessica’s daughter, Hannah Jane Shepard. She rose to prominence because of her famous family.
You can say everyone in her close family is a celebrity. Her father is the record holder for Obie Awards. Her mother is an Oscar-winning actress. Her step-sister, from her mother’s first marriage, Shura Baryshnikov is a ballet dancer and choreographer. And her brother Samuel is a musician.
Growing up in a celebrity family, Hannah managed to stay away from the public. She is the older sister in the family but has an older half-brother, Jesse Mojo Shepard from her father’s previous marriage.
We do not know much about her early life, but speaking about her educational background, she has a degree in history from Fordham University. There, she was awarded the Loomie Prize in 2013 for her thesis, “Vanish in Plain Sight: Scots-Irish Presbyterian in Wisconsin, 1830-1890”.
Born in 1985, Hannah is in her 30s as of June 2023. She lives a comfortable life with her family. There is no info about her professional career following her graduation from Fordham University.
She is a non-public person who manages to keep her personal life private.
Following In Her Mother’s Footsteps
No, she is not an actress. But her mother is famous for her humanitarian and charity work. This is a field where Hannah Jane Shepard found her calling.
She has done a few things for charity groups with Hawthorne. While she was born with a silver spoon, Hannah is fully aware not all people had her luck. She might live a luxurious life, but Hannah tries to help others as well.
She also helped orphans and kids at risk of getting AIDS in South Africa through the organization African Solutions to African Problems.
Her mother, Jessica Lange has done charity over the years as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Her mother also works in trying to raise awareness about the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Is She On Social Media?
We mentioned before that Hannah Shepard is quite a secretive person. Yes, she has a social media profile on Instagram with close to 1,000 followers.
But it is a private profile. We assume she only accepts friend requests from people she knows in real life.
Her father is dead, and her mother is not active on social media. Yes, there are profiles on Instagram with the name Jessica Lange, but those are fan-made pages.
Hannah was born with a silver spoon in a celebrity family. She didn’t have to work a day in her life. But she graduated and probably has a job. Yet, we do not know her earnings and net worth.
With that in mind, her mother has a net worth between $15 and $20 million.