Lena Dunham Talks About Friend And Mentor Nora Ephron In ‘The New Yorker’

Lena Dunham‘s indie comedy Tiny Furniture debuted in 2010 and garnered attention from more than Girls producer Judd Apatow, who expressed interest in working with her after seeing it.

Recently deceased writer/director extraordinaire Nora Ephron also saw something in Lena Dunham, whom she befriended and subsequently mentored.

In April Ephron did a Q&A alongside her protégé at the BAMcinématek series Hey, Girlfriend! Lena Dunham Selects, where her movie This Is My Life was screened.

Lena fondly recalls her memories of Nora, who died from leukemia complications on June 26, 2012, in a heartfelt essay in The New Yorker.

While I suggest reading the whole thing, here’s how it ends:

“When searching my inbox last night for an e-mail from Nora, to get the specifics of her phrasing, I came upon this sign-off to a short but sweet one thanking me for lunch: ‘see you somewhere… xox.’

Somewhere, it turns out, is everywhere. I see Nora in the home I wouldn’t live in if not for her, the shot list I make in the van to set in the morning, and the jacket I slip into when the sun comes down (she always sent links along with tips).

I see her when the craft services on set isn’t up to par, or in the process of getting to know a man who seems to understand. I see her in the worst hair moments and the best soup moments.

I know I am only one of hundreds of women, people, who will miss Nora’s company, and millions who will miss her voice. The opportunity to be friends with Nora in the last year of her life informs the entirety of mine. I am so grateful.”

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