Tribute to Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

While many (including myself) are still grappling with the tragic news concerning the passing of noted writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron who passed away earlier this week, aged 71.

From a distance, she was a creative force that I always admired. As a writer, she struck a wonderful chord that was equal parts romantic, humorous and (at times) tinged with necessary dramatic tension and pathos; it was a rarefied gift that many have tried to replicate, but few have succeeded at.

Here is a condensed list of some of my favorite films that she penned:

  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)*
  • When Harry Met Sally (1989)*^

(* denotes Academy Award nod; ^denotes BAFTA, or British Academy Award win)

When Harry Met Sally: A personal favorite

Of course, my VERY small sample of chiefly rom-coms does not begin to touch the surface of all of her accomplishments, but from this collection of films, it was quite clear that her skills as a writer were varied and resonated with many. Let us not forget that she also wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for the whistle-blower tale Silkwood.

Let us not forget that she was also noted for her work BEHIND the camera with films such as Julie & Julia , the aforementioned You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle.

Here is a scene from Sleepless in Seattle that always gets me:

In closing, among the various Hollywood tributes to go out to in the wake of this loss, I point you to Tom Hanks’ eulogy in Time magazine to his collaborator and friend.


  1. I’ve seen none of the three you mention. I’m going to make When Harry Met Sally a priority though!
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  2. Glad you’re doing a tribute too, Iba. Y’know what I just noticed about Ephron’s work, aside from the witty writing, great characters, nice music, etc., her films also look beautiful. I really love seeing New York in her movies, and of course, Seattle. It made me want to visit those places.
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    • Oh irony of ironies! As I was writing mine I saw yours coming into my inbox 🙂
      Great minds, eh?

      You are right about how the lovely cities look in her films.

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