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Smart, honest, funny and hard-working, screenwriter Nora Ephron was the woman every woman wished was her best friend

Dry skin. Email. Panels on "Women in Film". These are just some of the things the great and, unbelievably, now late Nora Ephron included in her list of "Things I won't miss" in her last collection of essays, the mortality-tinged I Remember Nothing. Unfortunately for the rest of us, it's a list that serves as a reminder of how much Ephron herself will be missed.

For a start, it sounds a little like a whistlestop tour of topics that have featured in Ephron's five decades-long career as a journalist, screenwriter and essayist. Few people wrote about body insecurities as shrewdly and hilariously as Ephron, from the smallness of her breasts in her 1972 essay A Few Words About Breasts, included in the collection Crazy Salad ("My girlfriends, the ones with the nice big breasts, »

- Hadley Freeman

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