Yesterday was a tough day for lovers of cinema. First there was the passing of the wonderful Jeanne Moreau. Later we heard the news that the great playwright and actor Sam Shepard had died. Shepard penned over forty plays and appeared in over fifty films. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has been nominated for an Academy Award. There was a gritty authenticity to most of Shepard’s roles and he made acting appear effortless. He was still working until recently when his health prohibited it. He passed away July 31 due to complications from Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 73.