In Memoriam: Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

June 26th, 2012 by

According to Variety and other sources, screenwriter, author and director Nora Ephron has died today at the age of 71. Here are her writing credits per IMDB:

2009 Julie & Julia (screenplay)

2005 Bewitched (written by)

2000 Hanging Up (screenplay)

1998 You’ve Got Mail (screenplay)

1996 Michael (screenplay)

1994 Mixed Nuts (screenplay)

1993 Sleepless in Seattle (screenplay)

1992 This Is My Life (screenplay)

1990/I My Blue Heaven (written by)

1989 When Harry Met Sally… (written by)

1989 Cookie (written by)

1986 Heartburn (novel / screenplay)

1983 Silkwood (written by)

1978 Perfect Gentlemen (TV movie)

1973 Adam’s Rib (TV series)
– For Richer, for Poorer (1973) (story)

For lots of video interviews and clips, click continue.

Here are several interviews with Ephron:

And here are two scenes from When Harry Met Sally that show the starting and ending point of the couple-to-be:

And finally this dialogue:

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Godspeed, Nora Ephron.

UPDATE: You can go here to read a number of pieces Ephron wrote for the New Yorker.

Any other links of relevance you find, please post in comments.

Also what are you favorite moments from Nora Ephron movies? And does anybody like My Blue Heaven like I do?

6 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

  1. WHEN HARRY MET SALLY is the archetypal RomCom. All other RomComs are measured by its excellence.

    As for MY BLUE HEAVEN, my dad accidentally took my brother and I to see it in the theaters. We meant to go see MEN AT WORK. The theater was playing these two movies on the same screen with rotating times (a practice more common then), but I had read the times wrong, so we ended up seeing MY BLUE HEAVEN instead.

    The line I remember to this day from that film is: “What’s the difference between a lightbulb and a pregnant woman? You can unscrew a lightbulb.”

    I really enjoyed this movie. And while I can’t site a singular film, this is certainly was another that added to my love of atypical loveable “bad-guy” protagonists.

  2. chera1110 says:

    Thank you for this, Scott.

  3. theurbanhobo says:

    I am so sad to hear about this. Nora Ephron is one of the greats. Having written the standard by which all contemporary romantic comedies are measured sets her in a category all her own. When Harry Met Sally might just be a perfect film, not a wasted scene and every one of them funny. What a damn good writer she was. I already miss her.

  4. Mike Boles says:

    Thank you for posting these links, I like this one as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eP2T6ibTnmM&feature=related
    She always makes me laugh and think.

    I’ve been so sad every since I heard. She was the first writer I idolized….the first writer I wanted to be like…to write like..to make people think and laugh and love and cry…like.

    From her essays to her screenplays to her stage plays….her unique way of seeing and talking about the world always shone through. I would describe her as realistically optimistic.

    I *love* the Affair to Remember/Dirty Dozen scene from Sleepless in Seattle (I read that the Dirty Dozen part was ad-libbed): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coOYa4h98M4&feature=related

    And I love the “essay” scenes from You’ve Got Mail…fall making you want to buy school supplies, coffee shops selling a defining sense of self…

    She was one of the best…comma dammit

  5. Debbie Moon says:

    Though rom-coms have never been my thing, Nora Ephron was a hugely talented writer who blazed a path into Hollywood for female directors. She will be sorely missed.

  6. CJ says:

    This is sad news. She was a very talented writer who, as other posters said, could make you both laugh and think at the same time. She had a great feel for human nature that was evident in what she did. I always find myself sucked into When Harry Met Sally no matter what point in the film I come in on.

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