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Nora Ephron was the prolific writer of the Off Broadway hits “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” co-written with her sister Della, and “Imaginary Friends.” Her book “Heartburn,” (turned into a film), “I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts On Being a Woman,” and “I Remember Nothing: And other Reflections,” were the summer read in The Hampton’s, as well as being on every women’s night stand. Her scripts “Silkwood,”(in which she co-wrote), “When Harry Met Sally…” “Sleepless in Seattle,” (co-wrote and directed), “You’ve Got Mail,” (co-wrote and directed) and “Julie & Julia,” are known by most. Ephron a three-time Oscar nominee died yesterday s in a Manhattan hospital surrounded by friends and family. The cause pneumonia, brought on by acute myeloid leukemia. Nora, was 71 and was the only female filmmaker in Hollywood to consistently feature smart women and have the films become commercial successes. Their quotable lines and memorable scenes are remembered today. Anyone faking an orgasm thinks of “When Harry Met Sally.” She helped turn Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan into stars. Ryan, continued working for Ephron in two more of her films.
Ephron, had a way of turning her personal life tragedies into winning. Her highly publicized marriage debacle to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein became “Heartburn.” She later married fellow screenwriter writer Nicholas Pileggi.
Ephron originally wrote columns in Manhattan papers and magazines including Esquire and New York. She was a regular blogger for “The Huffington Post” and was helping women everywhere with her honest approach.
Screenwriting was in her blood. Born May 19, 1941, to screenwriter parents, Henry and Phoebe Ephron, in New York City, but was raised in Beverly Hills, Calif with her four sisters. She attended the prestigious all women’s college Wellesley. Ephron was married three times. Her first marriage, to writer Dan Greenberg, ended in divorce after nine years.Her second, the content for “Heartburn,” involved exposing Watergate and led to her sons Jacob, and Max. Ephron has been married for more than 20 years to her third husband.
Ephron’s work has influenced, celebrated and gave women a voice. Her writing and stance and the women she was will be missed. Her fans have already started tweeting on the Huffington Post.