Magazine article Screen International

Nora Ephron 1941-2012

Magazine article Screen International

Nora Ephron 1941-2012

Article excerpt

The creator of an acclaimed body of work including iconic romantic hits When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle has died in New York from complications arising from leukaemia. She was 71.

Ephron was born on the Upper West Side to screenwriters Henry Ephron and Phoebe Wolkind. Her parents moved to California and once Ephron, the eldest of four sisters, had completed her schooling she returned to New York in the early 1960s to embark on a career in journalism.

She found her feet as a magazine writer and essayist and wrote non-fiction as well as the novel Heartburn, which was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.

Heartburn came out in 1983 and was inspired by Ephron's divorce from the renowned Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein. She had previously been married to writer Dan Greenburg and is survived by her third husband, the screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi. …

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