Nora Ephron

(1941-2012 / New York City, New York)

Nora Ephron
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Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012) was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger.

Ephron is best known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay): for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally..., and Sleepless in Seattle. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally.... She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron. Her last film was Julie & Julia. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award-winning theatrical production Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

Ephron was born in New York City, eldest of four daughters ... more »

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  • ''If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.''
    Nora Ephron (20th century), U.S. author. As quoted in Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman, 1994.
  • ''Washington is a city of locker-room boys, and all the old, outmoded notions apply: men and women are ushered to separate rooms after dinner, sex is dirty, and they are still serving onion-soup dip.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 15 (1973). A dip made of sour cream and Lipton's onion soup mix was popular, tho...
  • ''We have lived through the era when happiness was a warm puppy, and the era when happiness was a dry martini, and now we have come to the era when happiness is "knowing what your uterus looks like."''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 7 (1972). On the feminist medical self-help movement. "Happiness is a warm puppy...
  • Consciousness-raising is at the very least supposed to bring about an intimacy, but what it seems instead to bring about are the trappings of intimacy, the illusion of intimacy, a semblance of intimac...
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 10 (1973). Remembering her early-1970s, ostensibly feminist, "consciousness-rais...
  • ''The women's liberation movement at this point in history makes the American Communist Party of the 1930s look like a monolith.''
    Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 5 (1972). On differences among women that acted as political divisions—e.g....
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