‘Sleepless In Seattle’ Writer/Director Nora Ephron Dead At 71 (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012)

Nora Ephron, an accomplished directer, author, playwright and screenwriter, died yesterday from pneumonia, a complication of the leukemia she was diagnosed with in 2006.

She directed Sleepless In Seattle, Mixed Nuts, You’ve Got Mail, Julie & Julia and wrote those plus When Harry Met Sally and Silkwood, which was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1983 and would have won some if not for Terms Of Endearment.

Ephron lived a very interesting life. Born to screenwriting parents in New York and raised in Los Angeles, she interned briefly at the White House in 1961 under John F. Kennedy before graduating from college.

She later worked at Newsweek in the mailroom but by the 70’s she moved on and became a Carrie Bradshaw of that era, writing regularly for The New York Post at first and then Esquire about “sex, food and New York City.” 

Mike Nichols became a good friend of hers after Silkwood (he directed) and they also worked together on her second movie, Heartburn. In an interview with The New York Times Nichols said,

“Nora was so funny and so interesting that you didn’t notice that she was also necessary. I think a lot of her friends and readers will feel that.”

It’s hard to say which movie she will be best remembered for, whether it’s Sleepless In Seattle, Silkwood, Julie & Julia or When Harry Met Sally, she was an excellent talent in comedy and cinema who will be missed.

[Random fact: Nora Ephron was a regular blogger for The Huffington Post.]

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