Author and filmmaker Nora Ephron has died at the age of 71 from pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, her son Jacob Bernstein confirmed to The New York Times. The Oscar nominated screenwriter was responsible for some of the most famous romantic comedies of all time.
She achieved box office success with such films as ‘Sleepless In Seattle‘ and ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ Her most recent movie, ‘Julie and Julia‘ received critical acclaim and won Meryl Streep a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Julia Child.
Nora was born in New York but raised in Beverly Hills by her screenwriter parents. Her mother once told her, “Everything is copy,” when it comes to writing. In 2010, Nora talked to NPR about aging, a subject she wrote a lot about.
“You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday,” she said. “If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it.”
Ephron also wrote two books which featured a collection of essays, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman and I Remember Nothing. She also ventured into plays with Imaginary Friends and Love, Loss and What I Wore. She is survived by third husband Nicholas Pileggi and sons Jacob and Max Bernstein from her previous marriage to reporter Carl Bernstein.
Crummy news. You will be missed, Nora.