Nora Ephron, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who brought us “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “You’ve Got Mail,” has died at the age of 71.
The acclaimed writer passed away in New York, after a bout with leukemia. A statement from her publisher Alfred A. Knopf said: “It is with great sadness that we report that Nora Ephron has died… She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy. She will be sorely missed.”
Her son, Jacob Bernstein, a freelance reporter of The New York Times, said that Ms. Ephron died of pneumonia brought about by acute myeloid leukemia, in a report on the Times.
Nora Ephron was born on May 19, 1941, in New York City. Her screenwriter-parents raised her in Beverly Hills, and she worked for a while as an intern at the White House.
Nora Ephron’s career began in journalism, but she eventually went into movies, a career that began while she was married to her second husband, Carl Bernstein, the investigative reporter of The Washington Post who reported on the Watergate scandal.
She is credited with more than a dozen films that usually featured strong female characters, where she either served as writer, producer or director. Her work on the movies “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and the Meryl Streep drama “Silkwood,” where Ms. Streep played an anti-nucleaer activitist, earned Ms. Ephron three Academy Award nominations.
Her last film was 2009’s “Julie and Julia,” where Meryl Streep played celebrity cook Julia Child.