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Posted: August 01, 2017

Sam Shepard's death: Dolly Parton mourns loss of 'Steel Magnolias' co-star


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Sam Shepard's death: Dolly Parton mourns loss of 'Steel Magnolias' co-star
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Dolly Parton speaks onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/WireImage)

By Hunter Kelly, Rare.us

Dolly Parton made movie magic in the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias” playing a hairdresser named Truvy Jones. Her husband in the movie, Spud, was a quiet, moody man portrayed by noted actor and playwright Sam Shepard. In their respective roles, Parton and Shepard convincingly portrayed this Southern couple facing money troubles and the loss of a close friend over the course of the movie. Many say it’s Parton's best big-screen performance, and Shepard was a big part of that journey. You can see the two of them together in this moving scene.

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According to The New York Times, Shepard died July 27 at age 73 due to complications from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

>> Sam Shepard, playwright and actor, dies at 73

Parton remembered her “Steel Magnolias” co-star fondly in a statement provided to Rare Country. She said, “I was so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. What a nice man and what a great actor. I was honored to have him play my husband in ‘Steel Magnolias.’ Rest in peace, my friend.”

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In addition to “Steel Magnolias,” Shepard appeared in scores of motion pictures, including his Oscar-nominated performance in 1983’s “The Right Stuff.” He also was a celebrated playwright and received the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play, “Buried Child.”

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“Steel Magnolias” isn’t Shepard’s only country connection. He was the narrator for the 2006 animated adaption of “Charlotte’s Web,” which featured Reba McEntire as the voice of “Betsy the Cow.”

Most recently, Shepard played the role of the Rayburn family patriarch on the Netflix series “Bloodline” opposite Kyle Chandler and Sissy Spacek.


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