Filmmaker, author, essayist and journalist Nora Ephron died today (Tuesday) of leukemia, reports the Associated Press.
She was 71.
Born into a family of screenwriters, Ephron was a top journalist in her 20s and 30s, then a best-selling author and successful film director, according to the AP.
In my opinion, she wrote one of the best romantic comedies of all time when she penned “When Harry Met Sally …,” the 1989 film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.
Ephron was nominated for three Oscars, for writing “When Harry Met Sally …,” for writing 1983′s “Silkwood” with Alice Arlen and for writing 1993′s “Sleepless in Seattle” with David S. Ward and Jeff Arch. She was among Hollywood’s few premier women writer-directors and often wrote strong female characters.
She penned and directed such “Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie & Julia” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” She also adapted her novel “Heartburn,” a brutal and thinly veiled tale based on her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, into a 1986 film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.
According to the AP, Ephron was married three times: to Dan Greenberg, Bernstein and Nicholas Pileggi, who survives her. She had two sons.