Journalist-turned-screenwriter Nora Ephron passed away today at the age of 71 after a long battle with leukemia. Ephron came from a family of writers – both of her parents where Hollywood screenwriters, whose careers inspired two of her sisters in addition to her own.
Though her personal life was turbulent (she was married three times, the second time to Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame), it sometimes served as the basis of her art, such as the subject matter of her 1983 novel Heartburn. But she’s certainly best known for her movies, and her mark on Hollywood and romantic comedies (and Meg Ryan‘s career) cannot be overstated. Our heartfelt condolences go out to fans, friends and family of Nora Ephron. For more of Ephron’s life and a few of her most memorable films, hit the jump.
Perhaps the most well-known of Ephron’s movies is the 1989 romantic dramedy classic, When Harry Met Sally:
Ephron’s life was seemingly often connected to politics. Besides working (briefly) as a White House intern, she was said to have known – through clues left by her ex-husband Bernstein – the identity of Deep Throat decades before his name was revealed [spoiler: Mark Felt]
Ephron gained recognition writing satirical essays through the 1960s and 1970s, and had her work published by New York, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine among others. Though first a journalist and humorist, Ephron later received three Academy Award nominations for her screenwriting for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.
According to the Washington Post, who broke the story, Nora Ephron’s mother set the stage for her career early on with some invaluable advice for all artists:
“Take notes,” Nora Ephron’s mother advised her as a child. “Everything is copy.”
You can vote for Ephron’s Most Memorable Movie Quotes over at the LA Times. Here are some more classics if you didn’t know them already:
Sleepless in Seattle
You’ve Got Mail