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"Everybody dies. There’s nothing you can do about it. Whether or not you eat six almonds a day. Whether or not you believe in God," wrote Nora Ephron in her book I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections.
It's a typically acidic and witty observation from the author and filmmaker, who died in New York on June 26, aged 71, after suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia.
Ephron brought the same spiritedness to her screenplays, giving strength and depth to female characters so that they were the equal of their male counterparts in romantic comedy hits including When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle.
Born in Manhattan on May 19, 1941 - although she would be brought up across the country in California - Ephron was also born into the business. Her parents, Henry and Phoebe, were successful Hollywood writers who penned film scripts including Carousel, There's No Business Like Showbusiness and Desk Set, »
- Amber Wilkinson
Nora Ephron, who has died aged 71 after suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia, brought her sharp New Yorker wit, laced with a sentimental streak, to glossy Hollywood romantic comedies, with Oscar-nominated screenplays for When Harry Met Sally (1989) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993), the second of which she also directed. They were the nearest and most successful attempts to revive the spirit of the sophisticated Katharine Hepburn/Spencer Tracy battle-of-the-sexes comedies of the 1950s, and the softer-edged Doris Day/Rock Hudson vehicles of the 1960s.
Ephron's parents, Henry and Phoebe Ephron, were also writers of romantic comedies – including Desk Set (1957) for Hepburn and Tracy – who based a 1961 Broadway play, Take Her She's Mine, on their daughter's rebellious college days. It was turned into a film two years later, with Sandra Dee in the role of the teenager. Later, Ephron would »
- Ronald Bergan
Ephron, daughter of playwrights Henry and Phoebe Ephron had been suffering from leukemia according to friends and family.
The iconic scriptwriter won her first Oscar nomination with her screenplay for "Silkwood" starring Meryl Streep in a true-life story of Karen Silkwood and her mysterious death surrounding a plutonium plant. Ephron also gave us lighthearted romantic comedies such as "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You've Got Mail."
Her most recent collaboration with Streep was "Julie & Julia."
Known for being a witty and acerbic writer, Ephron was deemed influential for also becoming one of the few successful female directors in Hollywood beginning with "This is My Life." »
Nora Ephron, a journalist and writer who parlayed a reputation as a sharp, self-deprecating wit into a successful career as a Hollywood filmmaker, has died of cancer at the age of 71. Ephron, whose sisters Amy, Delia, and Hallie are also writers, was the daughter of the married screenwriting team of Henry and Phoebe Ephron, whose credits included Desk Set, Captain Newman, M.D., and the movie version of the Broadway musical Carousel. Ephron’s career began in 1963, when she was hired as a reporter for the New York Post on the basis of some writing she’d done »
I got to meet Nora Ephron 20 years ago when she was promoting her directing debut, "This Is My Life," and I found her to be exactly like one of the heroines of her movies: smart, worldly, self-effacing, and as wittily eloquent as we all wish we could be in real life but almost never are. Actually, she was the heroine of most of her movies, since she specialized in the thinly veiled autobiographical roman a clef. Ephron, who died at 71 on June 26, made herself a trailblazer -- as a writer of influential romantic comedies (notably, "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You've Got Mail"), as a successful director at a time when few women held that distinction, and as one of the most powerful women in the film industry -- but she did it all simply by being herself. The urge to transform her life into art came naturally to Ephron. »
- Gary Susman
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