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Nora Ephron: She Did It All With Style

Pete Hammond

In introducing Screenwriting award winner Nora Ephron at a Hollywood Film Awards ceremony a couple of years ago her good friend and admirer Steven Spielberg said, “Nora knows how so easily to make us laugh and to make us cry and embrace the human comedy of it all. And she does it without any bathroom humor.”

That was the great thing about this multi-talented writer/director/author who clearly had a knack for writing about men and women, particularly the latter, without ever trivializing them or reaching for the lowest common denominator in what passes for many studio-bred movie comedies today. And she did it all with so much style, sophistication, flair and wit. It’s the end of an era. The Hollywood in which Nora Ephron excelled seems to be passing quickly before our eyes.

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It’s interesting to note that in 1983 when she got her first feature film script produced, Silkwood (directed by Mike Nichols), there were hardly any women in real power positions in the studios. Slowly, but fortunately that changed because it enabled Nora Ephron to be able to make movies her way in the studio system, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Nora Ephron Sleepless In SeattleIn her greatest screen successes as a writer of  her Oscar-nominated script for When Harry Met Sally (1989) and later sitting in the director’s chair as well for such huge … Read More »

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R.I.P. Nora Ephron

Hammond On Nora Ephron: She Did It All With Style

Nora Ephron Dead

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Three time Oscar nominee Nora Ephron, the successful quintuple threat director and screenwriter and playwright and author and columnist who made a career out of the frank depictions of women and their relationships with men and careers and themselves, died today. Sources told Deadline she had been suffering from leukemia but didn’t want the showbiz community to know and had kept her illness a private matter. (The family later confirmed she died of acute myeloid leukemia). The result is that her death came as a shock to Hollywood. She was 71. Many considered Ephron one of Hollywood’s first successful feminist filmmakers able to bring humor, drama, pathos, and sometimes sentimentality to her depictions of women’s lives and their families.

The New York native wrote and/or directed some of Hollywood’s most admired and even best-loved modern movies, including Silkwood (1983), When Harry Met Sally (1989), This Is My Life (1992, her first directing effort), Sleepless In Seattle (1993), You’ve Got Mail (1998), and Julie And Julia (2009). She was a triple Academy Awards nominee in the Original Screenplay category for three films: Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. One of her least successful films, Heartburn, was autobiographical based on her 1983 roman a clef and depicted the adulterous end of her marriage … Read More »

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