Writer, Filmmaker Nora Ephron’s Life

Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, has died. Take a look at some of her career highlights.

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Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, died Tuesday, June 26, of pneumonia brought on by myeloid leukemia. She was 71. Take a look at some of her career highlights.
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The eldest of four children, Ephron was born in New York to screenwriters Harry and Phoebe Ephron, who moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., when she was four years old.
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After graduating from Wellesley College, Ephron worked briefly at the White House during the Kennedy administration. She once joked that she was the only intern JFK never hit on.
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Determined since high school to be a journalist, she moved to New York and took a job as a "mail girl" and fact checker at Newsweek. She would later work at the New York Post.
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"Crazy Salad," a collection of Ephron's essays that was published in 1975, analyzed the generation of men and women who have shaped how women currently view their work, their bodies, politics and media.
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Ephron married famed Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein in 1976, and together they had two children.
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Ephron wrote about Bernstein's marital transgressions in "Heartburn," which was turned in a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. She also wrote openly about her difficult childhood, her doubts about her physical appearance and the hated intrusion of age.
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In addition to Bernstein, Ephron married Dan Greenburg and "Wiseguys" author Nicholas Pileggi, pictured here, whose book was adapted into the Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas."
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The screenplay for "When Harry Met Sally," the 1989 romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, is perhaps Ephron's best known work.
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In the most iconic scene of any Ephron film, Ryan demonstrates a fake orgasm in "When Harry Met Sally." With perfect timing, a middle-aged woman nearby retorts, "I'll have what she's having." To this day tourists flock to that table at Katz's Deli in New York City.
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Ryan reunited with Ephron for "Sleepless in Seattle," starring opposite Tom Hanks, which earned Ephron her third and final Oscar nomination.
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Ephron would bring Ryan and Hanks together again in 1998 for "You've Got Mail," a modern-day take on the classic "The Shop Around the Corner." Ephron directed, co-wrote and co-produced the hit film.
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Ephron and actor Tom Hanks attend the opening night of Ephron's 2002 Broadway play, "Imaginary Friends."
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Ephron's 2006 collection of essays, "I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Reflections on Being a Woman" was another best-seller.
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Ephron wrote with her sister, Delia, the 2008 hit play "Love, Loss and What I Wore," based on the Ilene Beckerman novel of the same name.
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Meryl Streep starred as legendary chef Julia Child in 2009's "Julie & Julia," the last film written and directed by Ephron.
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Streep, who became friends with Ephron while working on the film "Silkwood," said of the writer, “She was an expert in all the departments of living well.”
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