Nora Ephron, the prolific essayist, author and filmmaker, who challenged and thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, died on Tuesday in New York City. She was 71. In a statement on Tuesday night, her family said she died of leukemia at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Birthed into a family of screenwriters, a prestigious journalist in her 20s and 30s, then a best-selling author and successful director, Ephron was among the most quotable and influential writers of her generation. The gifted filmmaker wrote and directed such favorites as “Julie & Julia” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” and her books included the novel “Heartburn,” a clef about her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, and also the popular essay collections “I Feel Bad About My Neck” and “I Remember Nothing.” Carrie Fisher, from Ephron’s “When Harry Met Sally…,” said, “I suppose you could say Nora was my ideal.” She continued, “In a world where we’re told that you can’t have it all, Nora consistently proved that adage wrong. A writer, director, wife, mother, chef, wit — there didn’t seem to be anything she couldn’t do. And not just do it, but excel at it, revolutionize it, set the bar for every other screenwriter, novelist, director.”