June 26, 2012

Sad News: Writer, Director, Humorist And Food Lover Nora Ephron Has Died

Nora Ephron (1941-2012)
Nora Ephron on the Charlie Rose show.
  
I was saddened to hear that Nora Ephron, the accomplished writer, film director, humorist, and food lover, died today in New York. She was 71, and reportedly died from pneumonia, a complication resulting from acute myeloid leukemia.

Aside from loving many of her films, I also enjoyed hearing her speak about her life, and her work. Whether being interviewed on television, or speaking at a lecture series, she always impressed me with her sharp wit and keen observations. [See below for a link to a Nora Ephron interview with Charlie Rose]

Most people would be familiar with her work as an Academy Award nominated screenwriter and film director. She wrote 15 screenplays, including Silkwood (1984), When Harry Met Sally (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1994), You’ve Got Mail (1999), Bewitched (2005), and Julie & Julia (2009). She directed 8 films, her most recent being Julie & Julia..

Ephron was a strong proponent of equal rights for women. In several interviews, she also expressed her strong support for LGBT rights and marriage equality.

Reuters Reporter Bob Tourtellotte writes:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a statement calling the loss "a devastating one" for the city's arts and cultural community.

"From her earliest days at New York City's newspapers to her biggest Hollywood successes, Nora always loved a good New York story, and she could tell them like no one else," Bloomberg said in a statement.

Ephron, who often parlayed her own love life into movies like "Heartburn" and gave her acerbic take on aging in the 2010 essay collection, "I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections," had kept her illness largely private except for close friends and family.

The elegant Ephron, known for habitually dressing in black, urged aging friends and readers to make the most of their lives.

"You should eat delicious things while you can still eat them, go to wonderful places while you still can ... and not have evenings where you say to yourself, 'What am I doing here? Why am I here? I am bored witless!'" she told Reuters in a 2010 interview while promoting the book.
Ephron's six word biography in Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith is: "Secret to Life, Marry an Italian."

She will be missed by her readers, movie lovers and New Yorkers alike.

RIP Nora.


Video: Charlie Rose Interview with Nora Ephron

VIA: Reuters & Christian Science Monitor



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