Lange and Shepard –who never married but were collectively from 1982 to 2009— first met on the set of the film “Frances” and turned into one of the most beloved Hollywood couples. Over the span of their love, they had two children together,Hannah Jane and Samuel Walker.
“I would not call Sammy easygoing and funny, but everyone has their dark side, and he always does it with a sense of comedy,” Lange told AARP magazine in an article published Monday.
Lange also emphasized the significance of family, describing the manners being a mom (and a grandmother) have changed her view on life.
“Having children provides you a view you didn’t have before. You’re no longer the center of the world,” she said. “It opened my heart, made me a different person. Every movement you make is with someone else in mind. I loved being a mom more than anything else on the planet, and also being a grandmother is even more enjoyable.”
Despite their public profiles, both actors kept the details of the personal life under wraps for most of their career, save for a meeting here and there. In 2010, however, Shepard did open up about his”tumultuous” relationship with Lange through the years.
“I mean, we’ve got long periods of comparative calm. But then you understand,” Shepard toldThe Guardian. “We’re definitely an incredible match. But, you understand, not without fireworks … although at this stage, you understand, she’s the only girl I could live with. Who could live with me! What other girl would put up with me?”
Differences aside, Shepard sang Lange’s praises in exactly the same interview, describing her only in the fondest of phrases.
“I have never known her, actually, to lie about anything. And I couldn’t say that about … about myself. About anybody. Men lie all of the time,” he said. “Whereas Jessica has this absolute honesty. I believe that it’s an immediate caliber of the Midwest, of the background that she’s from.”
“I’d never met anybody like her,” he continued. “She was astounding. Among the great things about her, apart from her natural beauty, which was remarkable, was her humbleness.”
Shepard’s spokesman confirmed his death on Monday, stating the cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.