A Hollywood relationship that endured for nearly three decades and produced two now-adult children has ended.
Jessica Lange- who is currently killing it as the wonderfully sociopathic and Southern Constance on Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story– and partner Sam Shepard, have separated. The Hollywood legend and the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright got together in 1982, and are parents to 26-year-old Hannah and 24-year-old Samuel. Though they never married, Lange and Shepard’s relationship outlasted many entertainment industry marriages.
The couple actually split up two years ago, but did not publicly announce the break-up. A rep for Lange confirmed the split, saying the pair were now “leading independent lives.” It’s unclear why the news came to light now, but Lange’s currently-hot career could be the reason behind renewed interest in her personal life. American Horror Story has been a bit of a sleeper hit for FX, and Lange undeniably steals the production in her performance as the scheming, secretive Constance.
Originally, creator Ryan Murphy said, Lange’s role was meant to be a side-character, and even Lange said she was iffy on committing to the show initially. At a panel in the fall, Lange said:
“[The short commitment] was huge for me! I wasn’t about to commit to, you know, six months. It was cable, rather than network. …I’ve been offered network [shows] before, and determined not to do it, just because I can’t make that kind of time commitment.”
Neither Lange nor Shepard have publicly commented on the split, and Lange’s rep offered no further commentary.