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RIP: Nora Ephron

06.26.2012

As a female writer, I can't help but look up to someone like Nora Ephron. She has done so much in her career and in life that I can only hope to reach one day. The way she crafts characters and their relationships are something special. Any romantic comedy easily tries to copy off the formula she was known for.

Sadly at the age of 71, Ephron has passed away.

The first time I saw WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, I felt like someone had written a movie about the kind of relationships I like to see. Boy meets girl, boy finds girl appealing, girl finds boy particularly loathsome, the feeling ends up being mutual even though they care about each other, both parties are too stubborn to see what everyone else does...they truly love each other. Not only that, but she knew that a relationship was a long struggle no matter what the conflict. Ephron was also particularly good at the banter between the two. Look at the chemistry between Meg Ryan and her co-star, Tom Hanks in SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and YOU'VE GOT MAIL. Look at the chemistry between Ryan and Billy Crystal in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. It's not just the acting, but the words that they breathe into life.

It wasn't always about love though. It was about the relationships we have throughout our lives. Not only did she write about those connections, she directed the actors though them in films like MICHAEL and JULIE & JULIA. She also wrote screenplays for MY BLUE HEAVEN, SILKWOOD, MIXED NUTS, BEWITCHED, HANGING UP, and many others. Several scenes from SILKWOOD were filmed near my hometown.

Ephron's talent didn't stop there. Early in 1962, she worked as an intern in the White House while John F. Kennedy was president. Ephron also spent many years as a journalist and had work published in Esquire, The New York Times, and several other outlets. She then moved on to films, then playwriting, novel writing, and essays.

The impression that Ephron left in film is one that will echo for many years. She will be missed.

Extra Tidbit: I also recommend that you give JULIE & JULIA another try. It gets better with each viewing.
Source: Deadline

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10:19AM on 06/27/2012
One of the best compliments I felt I ever recieved was when I was told I looked at romance like Ephron...I do not make a habit to watch Rom-Com (even when paid to do so) but have to admit Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail are my secret joys...Rest easy lovely one...
One of the best compliments I felt I ever recieved was when I was told I looked at romance like Ephron...I do not make a habit to watch Rom-Com (even when paid to do so) but have to admit Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail are my secret joys...Rest easy lovely one...
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7:41AM on 06/27/2012
Sad news indeed. I enjoy Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail immensely.
Sad news indeed. I enjoy Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail immensely.
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7:38AM on 06/27/2012
Well, this is a bummer. One of the best writers of modern romantic comedies, one of the hardest genres to get right. Will DEFINITELY be missed.
Well, this is a bummer. One of the best writers of modern romantic comedies, one of the hardest genres to get right. Will DEFINITELY be missed.
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6:17AM on 06/27/2012
Sad news indeed. I enjoy Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail immensely.
Sad news indeed. I enjoy Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail immensely.
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3:54AM on 06/27/2012

RIP

Very sad news, she left behind some of the most memorable romantic comedies ever to grace the screen.

(Tidbit: I loved Julie & Julia, especially the Julia moments)
Very sad news, she left behind some of the most memorable romantic comedies ever to grace the screen.

(Tidbit: I loved Julie & Julia, especially the Julia moments)
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2:52AM on 06/27/2012

RIP NORA EPHRON

It's really sad to hear one of my favorite writer/directors have passed away. She understood relationships and comedy. A modern day Wilder to some extent. My Blue Heaven and Sleepless in Seattle was all a part of my childhood.
It's really sad to hear one of my favorite writer/directors have passed away. She understood relationships and comedy. A modern day Wilder to some extent. My Blue Heaven and Sleepless in Seattle was all a part of my childhood.
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2:29AM on 06/27/2012
Sad news indeed. I enjoy Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail immensely.
Sad news indeed. I enjoy Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail immensely.
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1:16AM on 06/27/2012

I love, You've Got Mail.
I love, You've Got Mail.
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11:17PM on 06/26/2012
I loved My Blue Heaven and Mixed Nuts as a kid, totally didn't know she did those. I have to admit her voice pretty much created was the format that today's romcoms constantly strive for a almost always fail. She will definitely be missed.
I loved My Blue Heaven and Mixed Nuts as a kid, totally didn't know she did those. I have to admit her voice pretty much created was the format that today's romcoms constantly strive for a almost always fail. She will definitely be missed.
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11:00PM on 06/26/2012
I mourn losing a fantastic screenwriter, but I would cheer her fantastic life. She was a one of a kind writer that people should take their heed from in the future
I mourn losing a fantastic screenwriter, but I would cheer her fantastic life. She was a one of a kind writer that people should take their heed from in the future
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10:58PM on 06/26/2012
One of my favorite romantic comedies of all-time, if not my FAVORITE, has always been WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. When I was a young punk looking for my soulmate, I would watch this film whenever I would come back late at night, drunk and alone. I must have seen it over 20 times in my lifetime, no joke (yes, I was that pathetic, people) It was comforting to know that someone out there was made for me. The writing in that film was amazing, and Ephron was a big part of that (the film was partly based
One of my favorite romantic comedies of all-time, if not my FAVORITE, has always been WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. When I was a young punk looking for my soulmate, I would watch this film whenever I would come back late at night, drunk and alone. I must have seen it over 20 times in my lifetime, no joke (yes, I was that pathetic, people) It was comforting to know that someone out there was made for me. The writing in that film was amazing, and Ephron was a big part of that (the film was partly based on her own life relationship). What a life she had! She will be missed...
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