I'll Have What She's Having: Remembering Nora Ephron 1941-2012
Nora Ephron died last night in New York at the age of 71 from complications arising from leukemia. One of the great American humourists of the 20th century, Ms. Ephron was an accomplished screenwriter, director, novelist, journalist , playwright, essayist, producer and blogger with a remarkable list of credits over many decades. The quintessential New Yorker, Ephron's irreverence, wit, and generosity were oft cited within her large circle of writers, filmmakers, and journalists.
She began her career as a journalist writing for the New York Post, Esquire, and New York Magazine. Her career as a screenwriter included When Harry Met Sally (who can forget the scene in Katz's delicatessen that ended with one of the best one-liners ever?) and Silkwood. She both wrote and directed Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and Julie and Julia.
Ephron's essays in I Feel Bad About My Neck (also available on audiobook read by the author) and in I Remember Nothing are direct, personal, and funny. And speaking of personal, her scathing novel Heartburn was inspired by the breakup of her second marriage to Carl "Watergate" Bernstein (who left her for another woman while Ephron was pregnant with their second child). Her early essays are available in Wallflower at the Orgy.
Watch Ephron's 2010 interview with Author Magazine:
Ephron on the set (1992) Courtesy of the Washington Academy of Achievment