Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron dies at 71; biographer of aciculate romances

Nora Ephron Nora Ephron, who casting an acerbic eye on relationships, city active and crumbling in essays, books, plays and hit movies including "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally..." and "Julie & Julia," died Tuesday in New York. She was 71.

Ephron died at New York Presbyterian Hospital, area she was getting advised for astute myeloid leukemia and pneumonia, said her abutting acquaintance and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen.

 A attenuate columnist and biographer whose works appealed to academician readers and boilerplate moviegoers, Nora Ephron wrote fiction that was acclaimed by characters who seemed accompanying accustomed and extraordinary. Like abounding people, they wrestled with commitment, attempt and fame, but generally apparent keen, banana insights about their predicaments.

PHOTOS: Nora Ephron | 1941-2012

Her protagonists, who included the chef Julia Child and the whistle-blower Karen Silkwood, were generally women and about were just as able — if not added so — than the men about them.

Ephron directed eight affection films, including "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail" (both featuring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) and had cine credits on added than a dozen productions. She becoming three Oscar nominations — for autograph "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally..." and "Silkwood." As a playwright, she wrote "Imaginary Friends" and, with her sister Delia, "Love, Loss, and What I Wore."

Ephron aswell wrote abundantly about her own life, generally in a sly, self-deprecating style. Her books included "I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman," "I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections," "Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women," "Wallflower at the Orgy" and "Heartburn," a roman à author about her alliance to Watergate announcer Carl Bernstein. The 1983 atypical was so bane in its delineation of her above bedmate (the about fictionalized book appearance was "capable of accepting sex with a Venetian blind") that Bernstein threatened acknowledged action.

Even admitting she wrote able changeable characters and said macho filmmakers had little absorption in women besides "girlfriends or wives," Nora Ephron's cast of feminism was winking rather than strident. At a Hollywood awards accident several years ago, she looked about the allowance and said, "When they address the history of the feminist attempt in America, I consistently admiration how this cafeteria will absolutely fit in. We are absolutely the best-dressed afflicted group."

In a business that seems to accept little allowance for women accomplished average age, Nora Ephron connected to plan steadily. "Julie & Julia," a blur adventures of chef Julia Child told through the eyes of a adolescent admirer, was appear if she was 68. Adapted from Child's adventures and a affable account by Julie Powell, the blur was the best-reviewed of her career, and took in about $95 actor at the U.S. box office. At the time of her death, she was autograph and hoped to absolute a cine about a Jane Austen fan who switches places with one of the British author's fabulous characters. She aswell had been developing a cine about the accompanist Peggy Lee and the play "Lucky Guy" about abomination anchorman David McAlary for common assistant Hanks.

Yet she did not avoid her own mortality.
"You do get to a assertive point in activity area you accept to realistically, I think, accept that the canicule are accepting shorter, and you can't put things off cerebration you'll get to them someday," she wrote in "I Remember Nothing," appear in backward 2010. "If you absolutely wish to do them, you bigger do them. There are artlessly too abounding humans accepting sick, and eventually or after you will. So I'm actual abundant a accepter in alive what it is that you adulation accomplishing so you can do a abundant accord of it."

Ephron was built-in May 19, 1941, in New York City and grew up in Beverly Hills, the oldest adolescent in a ancestors of writers. Her parents, Henry and Phoebe Nora Ephron, wrote screenplays, and based Sandra Dee's academy babe appearance in the 1963 ball "Take Her, She's Mine" on Nora's belletrist home from Wellesley Academy in Massachusetts. Nora Ephron's sisters Delia and Amy are aswell screenwriters, while sister Hallie is a journalist.

After admission in 1962,  Nora Ephron formed for a abbreviate time as an intern in the White House during the admiral of John F. Kennedy. She said she was "probably the alone adolescent woman who anytime formed in the Kennedy White House that the admiral did not accomplish a canyon at." She again pursued a career as a journalist, starting as a mail agent at Newsweek, again as a anchorman at the New York Post.

In 1968, she larboard the Post, eventually autograph account columns in the 1970s for Esquire and New York magazines. She promptly accustomed a aciculate and amusing articulation as a writer. In a 1972 article alleged "A Few Words About Breasts," Nora Ephron wrote, "If I had them, I would accept been a absolutely altered person."

Many of the pieces she wrote for these magazines — stylish, opinionated, with a affectionate of take-no-prisoners adventurousness abiding in both the women's movement and the appropriately circuitous area of her own affections — were calm in three books of essays, "Wallflower at the Orgy" (1970), "Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women" (1975) and "Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media" (1979).

Ephron's aboriginal marriage, to biographer Dan Greenburg, concluded in divorce. In 1976, she affiliated her additional husband, Washington Post announcer Bernstein, and confused to Washington. Three years later, while she was abundant with their additional child, she apparent that Bernstein was accepting an affair.

Stunned and ashamed — "I anticipate the activity I like atomic in the accomplished world," she would after acquaint Vanity Fair, "is activity dumb" — she larboard Bernstein and alternate to New York, area she wrote her aboriginal novel, "Heartburn."

At the bidding of Bernstein, Nora Ephron had helped carbon William Goldman's Software for the 1976 big-screen adjustment of "All the President's Men." Though that adaptation wasn't used, Nora Ephron's plan becoming her aboriginal paid screenwriting job on a TV cine alleged "Perfect Gentlemen." Her next script, for "Silkwood," a 1983 ball about a changeable whistle-blower at a nuclear ability plant, becoming an Oscar nomination.