Nora Ephron’s Nora Ephroniest Movie Moments: From “Heartburn” To “You’ve Got Mail”

Lindsey Weber / June 27, 2012

It would be unfair to list off Nora Ephron’s greatest movie moments as merely a collection of scenes from “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless In Seattle”. Two important films, no doubt, but Ephron’s magic is sprinkled across all her work: from the Instant Messages written in “You’ve Got Mail” to Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep’s rendition of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in “Heartburn.” Grab a pen and take note while we run down some of our favorite Ephronisms–you might surprise yourself as you grab “Michael” at your local surviving Blockbuster later today.

“Heartburn”

In “Heartburn,” Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson’s relationship mirrors Ephron’s own with Carl Bernstein — which was published in a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. If you’ve read the Cliff Notes on Ephron, you know (spoiler!) things don’t quite end well, but Ephron’s depiction of the couple discussing their newfound pregnancy. “Let’s sing all the songs we know about babies,” Nicholson suggests. And while shoving pizza into their faces by candlelight, the two sing inappropriate lullabies: songs that indeed include “baby” but not quite the baby they intend.