“When searching my inbox last night for an e-mail from Nora, to get the specifics of her phrasing, I came upon this sign-off to a short but sweet one thanking me for lunch: “see you somewhere… xox.” Somewhere, it turns out, is everywhere. I see Nora in the home I wouldn’t live in if not for her, the shot list I make in the van to set in the morning, and the jacket I slip into when the sun comes down (she always sent links along with tips). I see her when the craft services on set isn’t up to par, or in the process of getting to know a man who seems to understand. I see her in the worst hair moments and the best soup moments. I know I am only one of hundreds of women, people, who will miss Nora’s company, and millions who will miss her voice. The opportunity to be friends with Nora in the last year of her life informs the entirety of mine. I am so grateful.”
– Lena Dunham on her short but sweet friendship with Nora Ephron. The whole thing is beautifully written and totally worth a read. [New Yorker]
When I saw on Twitter on Tuesday night that the iconic writer Nora Ephron had passed away, I felt the sort of panic you feel when someone you know in real life is in trouble. Though I’d met Nora Ephron several times in the past few years at parties, I could hardly say I knew her. Yet through her books and articles, which I’d read throughout my 20s, I felt not only like I really knew her but like she was a guardian angel figure in my life, an older aunt or a mom’s best friend who was always there with quick wit and common sense. Moreso than other second-wave women I admire — Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Jane Fonda, Joan Baez — I would ask myself in moments of career crisis, What did Nora Ephron do when she went through this same thing? Like me, Nora Ephron had feminist sensibilities, but didn’t run in strict feminist circles. Like me, she was ambitious and talented, but wanted a family life, too. And most importantly, like me, she’d worked as a newspaper reporter, but really blossomed writing about herself. Keep reading »
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.
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In light of Nora Ephron’s passing yesterday at the age of 71, I felt a desire to pay tribute to the journalist/writer/director in some way. As a female writer it’s important to honor the careers of women who you admire, who inspire you in how to craft your own career. Click around the web and you’ll find it saturated with life lessons, quotes from her books and movies, scenes we should remember. I could give you another roundup like that. There are at least 10 lines from “When Harry Met Sally” that come up in my conversations regularly. Baby fish mouth, anyone? But that doesn’t feel sufficient to me. What specifically do I want to thank Nora Ephron for? For giving me permission to order my dressing on the side? For being one of the first women to write a personal essay about her breasts? For launching a writing career using autobiographical material? Yes, but still, it’s more than that.
Last night, after hearing news of Ephron’s passing, I was unable to think of anything else. I was finishing my second glass of wine at a birthday dinner for a good, male friend. I looked across the table at him. He smiled at me in this way that only he can, in a way that feels really comforting. A new thought came automatically.
He could be the guy I end up with. Keep reading »
Update, 8:15: Nora Ephron has died at age 71, both The Washington Post and CBS News have confirmed.
Much confusion in The Frisky offices this evening: folks are saying that iconic journalist and screenwriter Nora Ephron has died. Gossip columnist Liz Smith posted an article todayon the site WowOwow, which seems to eulogize Ephron, with lines like “I won’t say, “Rest in peace, Nora” – I will just ask “What the hell will we do without you?”” Likewise, WowOwow advice columnist Margo Howard has been tweeting news of her alleged death: “A very accomplished writer died. Nora Ephron, from cancer” and “Well, to those of you who can’t find the news of Nora Ephron’s death, the funeral is Thursday – and maybe that’s the way she wanted it.”
Ephron’s publisher Knopf has supposedly said Eprhon is very much alive. Also, The New York Observer contacted Ephron’s representatives, who issued ”a blanket no-comment policy” on Smith’s post. We here at The Frisky are hoping — desperately, desperately hoping — this is all untrue and some big, weird prank. We will keep you posted as soon as we know. (Image via Getty)
Update, 6p.m.: MariaElena Fernandez, a senior entertainment reporter for Newsweek, has tweeted, “Nora Ephron news is not a hoax but she has not passed away. She is not expected to make it through tonight. This is the truth.”
Update, 6:42 p.m.: Liz Smith has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter and said this morning she talked with Nora Ephron’s son, who said she “was dying” but “I can’t confirm it.”