If you’ve ever enjoyed romantic comedies, you have to thank this woman. Nora Ephron practically created the genre with her sharp and engaging films featuring strong women. The Hollywood community is definitely mourning the loss of this very talented individual. Ephron died on June 26th from pneumonia, a complication resulting from acute myeloid leukemia. In her most recent book, “I Remember Nothing“, published in 2010, Nora left clues regarding her illness. At age 71, Nora leaves a legacy of films that will be loved for generations to come.
Ephron was born and raised in New York City. Her first film credit was “Silkwood” starring Meryl Streep as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood. That film earned Nora her first screenwriting Oscar nomination. Ironically enough, her last film, “Julie & Julia“, would also feature Streep. In the years in between, she earned two more Oscars nods with “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless In Seattle” (my favorite Nora film). She is survived by her husband, two sons Max and Jacob, along with sisters Delia, Amy and Hallie Ephron, all of whom are writers. R.I.P. Nora, you will be missed.
Her death has obviously touched people she’s worked with and the filmmaking community as a whole. Check out what people in Hollywood are saying about this remarkable woman below.