Nora Ephron, the author and director of hits such as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” has passed away at 71.
Ephron died of pneumonia, a complication of her acute myeloid leukemia that she was diagnosed with in 2006.
Nora was a top journalist before making her move into the film industry. She is known for her book “Heartburn” that touched on her troubled marriage to Carl Bernstein.
She was nominated for three Academy Awards for “Silkwood”, “When Harry Met Sally”, and “Sleepless in Seattle”.
Tributes poured in online from actors that worked with her on her films.
Billy Crystal, who starred opposite Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally” said, “I am very sad to learn of Nora’s passing. She was a brilliant writer and humorist.
“Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.”
Meryl Streep, who starred in “Julie & Julia” and “Silkwood”, said of Ephron, “Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, ‘Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?’
“You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly. She was an expert in all the departments of living well.”
In her most recent book written in 2010, entitled “I Remember Nothing”, Ephron left clues that something was wrong or that she was sick.
Ephron leaves behind her third husband, Nicolas Pileggi, and two sons Jacob and Max from her second marriage.
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