Nora Ephron, Hollywood Writer and Author, Dead at 71
Famous for her hilarious and caustic wit about love and aging, Ephron directed eight Hollywood films, including blockbusters like Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. She also garnered screenwriting credits and Oscar nominations for Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally..., and Silkwood.
More recently, Ephron wrote her most critically lauded film of her career, Julie & Julia, which she adapted from Julia Child's autobiography and Julie Powell's cooking memoir. The film took in $95 million at the box office.
As an author, her books included: I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, and Wallflower at the Orgy, among many others.
In late 2010, Ephron shared her own thoughts about mortality: "You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can't put things off thinking you'll get to them someday," she said in I Remember Nothing. "If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I'm very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it."