“My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next.” ~ Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron died on June 27, 2012 having suffered through a battle with leukemia and the world will never be the same.
That woman has caused me many burst-out-loud laughing fits and even some crying moments in my life. She was a master of the romantic comedy. A sharp wit – she was simply brilliant and will certainly be missed.
In addition to screenplays and directing Nora Ephron was an essayist publishing a collection of works in her 1970’s Wallflower at the Orgy and in 1975 her Crazy Salad. Her first novel Heartburn (1982), which I read more than once, was loosely based on her discovery of husband Carl Bernstein’s affair and its aftermath and was later made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.
Watching the now famous When Harry Met Sally I was so struck by Ms. Ephron’s comedic timing. Who can forget when Harry (Billy Crystal) said, “I’ll have what she’s having,” while in a diner with Sally (Meg Ryan) after she fakes an orgasm to prove a point! If you haven’t seen this scene you should!
Romantic comedy was her forte and yet her female characters were often strong and complex and her witty dialogue left most of us hungry for more.
Her most recent success came from writing the screenplay and directing Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in Julie and Julia – a charming food-fest of a movie that was a wonderful final gift to those of us that were always hungry for whatever she did.
Noteworthy and interesting:
She wrote and directed You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle
She worked in JFK’s White House as an intern during the summer of 1961
She was nominated for 3 Oscars
She married the guy who wrote Goodfellas
She knew the identity of Deep Throat
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