Screenwriter and Director, Nora Ephron, dies aged 71.

June 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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Today has brought the sad news that screenwriter, director and journalist, Nora Ephron has died aged 71. A Hollywood favourite, Nora Ephron, was the woman behind some of the most successful and well-loved romantic comedies including Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally.

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron- Film director and writer died aged 71

Prior to writing and directing films, Nora established herself as a writer and journalist starting her career reporting for the New York Post. Alongside reporting she also wrote a series of essays that were featured in publications such as The New York Times Magazine and Esquire, where she became well known for her humour and wit which audiences loved and dominated many of her later films.

Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle

Like most people I am aware of Nora Ephron’s work predominately in film because her works have become ‘rom-com’ classics over the past 20 years or so. I remember first watching When Harry Met Sally with Megan Ryan and Billy Crystal and it being a film which I wanted (and did) watch over and over again. Her likable and heart-warming style continued with Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, which both featured Meg Ryan and a younger Tom Hanks.

you've got mail

You’ve Got Mail

Most recently I enjoyed Nora’s last film credit, Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep, whom Nora had worked with earlier in her career. The film, about two women who love to cook, was a real triumph and had that witty, warm-hearted feel that Nora became so well-known for. Qualities which have been touched upon in many tributes made since her death.

Nora Ephron is a sad lose for film and journalism as she was a women who was so highly thought after, only today I read that she will be remembered as one of the ‘most influential women in Hollywood’. I’m sure that her legacy will live on through her many films, articles and essays.

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