Reuters reports that the acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter, Nora Ephron passed away at 71 years old. The Oscar-nominated writer was particularly known for romantic comedies, such as, “When Sally Met Harry” and “Sleepless In Seattle”.
After a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia, Nora Ephron passed away on Tuesday evening. She was surrounded by her relatives who have stood by her side ever since she was first taken to the Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.
The announcement was made public by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. He told the press that Ephron will be “sorely missed” by all people who knew her because she brought them a lot of joy through the movies she wrote.
The late screenwriter’s career accomplishments were also acknowledged by the New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was among the first celebrities who released a statement in relation to her death describing it as a “devastating” event for the entire cultural community. The Los Angeles-based Directors Guild of America declared that Ephron was an inspiration to all female screenwriters at a time when there were very few women who dedicated themselves to this career.
Although the Hollywood writer would use many details from her love life in some of the movies and books she wrote, she rarely mentioned the disease she was suffering from in her works. Only her family and some of her closest friends knew that Nora Ephron had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. The only time she opened up about the illness was in 2010 during the promotion of her collection of essays “I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections”. She stated back then, that she was aware her life could end in one instant, so she advised people to make the best out of their lives.
Nora Ephron was born on May 19, 1941 in New York City. She began her career as a journalist, but later on proved to be a talented screenwriter like her parents. She produced some of the best romantic comedies, such as, “When Sally Met Harry”, “Sleepless In Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail”. These movies proved that Ephron can also produce and direct films, not just write screenplays, so she received three Academy Awards nominations. The most recent film she produced was “Julie & Julia” in 2009.