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.