Nora Ephron has died due to complications of illness. She was 71.
The acclaimed writer and director was behind iconic movies such as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.
The daughter of Hollywood screenwriters, Ephron established herself as an original voice with an idiosyncratic take on modern manners with the personal essays she wrote in the 1960s for such publications as New York, Esquire and the New York Times Magazine.
She made her feature screenwriting debut in 1983 with Mike Nichols’ Silkwood. Her screenplays for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle all earned Oscar nominations.
Ephron moved into directing with the 1992 feature This Is My Life starring Julie Kavner. The following year, Sleepless proved to be a huge hit, making Ephron one of Hollywood’s few successful woman directors. Most recently, she directed 2009′s Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child.
Ephron was married to writer Nicholas Pileggi and has two sons, Jacob and Max Bernstein, from her previous marriage to investigative reporter Carl Bernstein. For the last six years She struggled with myelodysplasia, a blood disorder, of which recently made her extremely ill. She passed away Tuesday in a New York hospital.
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Nora Ephron – Five Memorable Films
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)