Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hollywood Screenwriter Nora Ephron dies at 71

Oscar-nominated Hollywood Screenwriter Nora Ephron has died of pneumonia at the age of 71. She has written great romantic comedies like ''When Harry met Sally’ and ''Sleepless in Seattle''.

Ephron had suffered from acute myeloid leukemia and brought to the hospital on Monday. She died on Tuesday evening at New York's Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center surrounded by her relatives including her son Jacob Bernstein.

For the last time Ephron had written and directed film "Julia and Julia" in 2009 in which she worked alongside Meryl Streep. Nora was a journalist, essayist, writer as well as producer and director from the US.

Ephron was born to screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron on May 19, 1941 in New York in a Jewish family. She graduated from Beverly Hills High School majoring in political science in 1958.

Nora started to write for the weekly newspaper at the Wellesley College. She also wrote for Esquire and New York Magazine, the New York Post and the New York Times.

Coming to her career as a playwright, she had portrayed her own experience in some of her famous productions. In "Silkwood", her first screenplay in 1983, she told about the Cold War fear of nuclear energy of that era.

The writer’s novel "Heartburn" was based on her marriage to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein which was made a film in 1986. However, she is best known for "When Harry met Sally" starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, for which she won an Oscar nomination.

It is said about the great soul that "From her earliest days at New York City's newspapers to her biggest Hollywood successes, Nora always loved a good New York story, and she could tell them like no one else."

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