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Delia Ephron: Keeping the Family Tradition Alive

Magazine article Book

Delia Ephron: Keeping the Family Tradition Alive

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It's not uncommon to see a writer's child follow in his or her parent's footsteps, but few families boast as many writers as the Ephrons. Four sisters--Nora, Delia, Hallie and Amy--all work as writers, following the path blazed by both of their parents. Henry and Phoebe Ephron were screenwriters in Hollywood in the 1940s and '50s. Among their credits are such films as Desk Set and Carousel.

"If one of us said something at dinner, Father would yell, `Write it down!'" recalls fifty-five-year-old Delia, the author of two novels, including last year's Big City Eyes, who became a writer in her late twenties. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Manhattan, and she says when she's in the latter she keeps in close touch with sister Nora.

Nora was the first to become a writer, choosing the career right out of school. Writing primarily for film, she is probably the best known of the Ephron women, having written Sleepless in Seattle and Heartburn. Youngest sister Amy, who lives in L. …

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