Sadly, Nora Ephron died last week at the age of 71 after a battle with leukemia.
The name might not mean a lot to some of you, but to many film lovers it is a name that is respected and admired. Nora Ephron was responsible for romantic comedy classics like Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Mixed Nuts, and most recently Julie & Julia. Basically, she was a film icon and major contributor to the “Chick Flick” genre. In addition to writer, director and screenwriter, Ephron wore many other hats including author, journalist, essayist, playwright, producer and fellow blogger. She was a well-deserved, three-time Academy Award nominee and her film Sleepless in Seattle is one of my all-time favorite movies.
I feel like Nora Ephron really got what it was to be a woman and what we want out of life. Sure we like to be swept off our feet and romanced, but in her writing Ephron captured the love, respect and happiness that all women crave, while making us laugh out loud and sometimes cry along the way. She is well-known for treasured lines from movies like Sleepless in Seattle where Sam tells Doctor Marcia Fieldstone, “Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.” And then there’s the classic line “I’ll have what she’s having” from When Harry Met Sally.
Regardless of how many movies she made or the awards she was recognized for, Nora Ephron’s true legacy will be in how she made people feel. Hopeful, comforted during a difficult time, or just happy. Universal emotions we all crave and need to feel.
Diane Sawyer from ABC World News shared a piece on Ephorn that I thought was very well done and I encourage you to watch it below (click the link to view it in YouTube). It will give you a glimpse at the woman the world will miss but is grateful to have experienced.