At the age of 71, Norah Ephron, director and screenwriter most famous for movies such as Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Julie & Julia and When Harry Met Sally, died of leukemia yesterday in New York.
Ephron was a genius of moviemaking. A woman who grew up in a time when women were marginalised and work in the arts frowned upon. And yet she carved out her own destiny, successfully. She was a essayist, author, producer, director, screenwriter and blogger, amongst other things. Movies like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle are classics of the rom-com genre, still referenced in pop culture today as it will ten years from now.
The New York Times wrote an excellent tribute to Ephron today. Definitely worth a read.
Finally, one of my favourite Norah Ephron quotes:
“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.” – Billy Crystal to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally