Today Hollywood is mourning the loss of screenwriter/director Nora Ephron. The 71 year-old passed away yesterday from complications related to acute myeolgenous luekemia. Ephron was a three-time Academy Award nominee for best original screenplay. Popular films of hers include When Harry Met Sally..., Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, not to mention Silkwood, Heartburn, and Julie and Julia, starring you-know-who.
I first heard of Nora Ephron through watching Meryl films of course, and I am no exception when it comes to thinking of her as a sharp, funny and engaging writer. She and Meryl were friends, and Meryl was quoted regarding her passing saying, "Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought,
'Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?' You could call on
her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches or just a few
jokes, and we all did it, constantly. She was an expert in all the
departments of living well."
Seems like a lovely lady, and I'm sure she and her work will be greatly missed. I'll leave you with a clip from the first time I ever heard Ephron speak. It's from Meryl's AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony in 2004.