Journalist, author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron died today of acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71.
Ephron is best known for penning several romantic comedies When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. All of which featured Meg Ryan and all of which attained critical and commercial success. Ephron also directed Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. She received Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Earlier in her career, Ephron also received an Oscar nomination for her writing for Silkwood. Her 1983 novel Heartburn (loosely based on her marriage to Carl Bernstein of Woodward and Bernstein fame) was also adapted for the big screen. Ephron’s last movie Julie & Julia which she wrote, directed and produced was released in 2009.
Before she embarked on her writing career, Ephron briefly worked for President Kennedy after graduating from Wellesley College. Ephron quipped that she was “probably the only young woman who ever worked in the Kennedy White House that the president did not make a pass at.”
Here’s an interview Ephron did in 2010 about writing and movie making.