Nora Ephron

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  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: June 26, 2012
  • Profession: Essayist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Director
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Fast Facts

  • Her parents, well-known writers, used her letters home from Wellesley as inspiration for the 1961 Broadway play Take Her, She's Mine.
  • Worked as a White House intern during John F. Kennedy's administration in 1961.
  • Moved to New York after college and began writing columns and essays for publications including the New York Post, Esquire and New York Magazine.
  • Published her essays in collections that included Crazy Salad (1975) and Scribble Scribble (1978).
  • Wrote the novel Heartburn following the breakup of her marriage to journalist Carl Bernstein. The book was later adapted into a 1986 film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.
  • Despite past experience with unhappy marriages, she became known for penning romantic comedies, beginning with the classic When Harry Met Sally (1990).
  • Has cowritten numerous films with her screenwriter sister Delia, including This Is My Life (1991), Michael (1996), You've Got Mail (1998), Hanging Up (2000) and Bewitched (2005).
  • Received an honorary diploma from the renowned Parisian cooking school Le Cordon Bleu after writing, producing and directing the film Julie & Julia (2009).

Awards

  • 1983, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1990, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2010, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1984, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2013, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1990, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1994, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Henry Ephron — Father
  • Max Bernstein — Son
  • Dan Greenburg — Ex-husband
  • Nicholas Pileggi — Husband
  • Carl Bernstein — Ex-husband
  • Amy Ephron — Sister
  • Hallie Ephron — Sister
  • Jacob Bernstein — Son
  • Phoebe Ephron — Mother
  • Delia Ephron — Sister

College

  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States (BA in Political Science, 1962)

Details

  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: June 26, 2012
  • Profession: Essayist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Director