34 Facts About Nora Ephron


Nora Ephron was an American journalist, writer, and filmmaker.


Nora Ephron is best known for her romantic comedy films and was nominated three times for the Writers Guild of America Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally.


Nora Ephron won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally.


In 2013, Nora Ephron received a posthumous Tony Award nomination for Best Play for Lucky Guy.


Nora Ephron directed films, usually from her own screenplays, including Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, both starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.


Nora Ephron was born in New York City on May 19,1941, to a Jewish family.


Nora Ephron was the eldest of four daughters, and grew up in Beverly Hills, California.


Nora Ephron's parents, Phoebe and Henry Ephron, were both East Coast-born playwrights and screenwriters.


Nora Ephron's parents named her Nora after the protagonist in the play A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen.


Nora Ephron's sister Hallie Ephron is a journalist, book reviewer, and novelist who writes crime fiction.


Nora Ephron has cited her high school journalism teacher, Charles Simms, as the inspiration for her pursuit of a career in journalism.


Nora Ephron graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1958, and from Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1962 with a degree in political science.


Nora Ephron rewrote a script for All the President's Men in the mid-1970s, along with her then husband, investigative journalist Carl Bernstein.


In 1983, Nora Ephron co-scripted the film Silkwood with Alice Arlen.


Nora Ephron adapted her own novel into the screenplay for the film.


Nora Ephron wrote the script for the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.


Nora Ephron claimed that she wrote this screenplay with Reiner in mind as the character of Harry, and herself as the character of Sally.


Nora Ephron said she wrote the part of Sally simulating an orgasm into the script per Ryan's suggestions.


Nora Ephron's script was nominated for the 1990 Oscar in Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.


In 1993, Nora Ephron directed and wrote the script for the romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle.


In 1998, Nora Ephron released the film You've Got Mail, which she wrote the script for, with her sister Delia Nora Ephron, and directed.


In 2007, Nora Ephron received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement presented by Awards Council member George Lucas.


Nora Ephron co-authored the play Love, Loss, and What I Wore with her sister Delia, and it has played to sold-out audiences in Canada, New York City and Los Angeles.


In 1979, the two had a toddler son and Nora Ephron was pregnant with their second son when she discovered Bernstein's affair with their mutual friend, married British journalist Margaret Jay, daughter of former British prime minister James Callaghan and at the time wife of the British ambassador to the United States.


Nora Ephron was inspired by this to write the 1983 novel Heartburn, which was then made into a 1986 Mike Nichols film starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.


Nora Ephron wrote that the character Thelma looked like a giraffe with "big feet".


Nora Ephron was married for more than 20 years to screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, from 1987 until her death in 2012.


For many years, Nora Ephron was one of the very few people who knew the identity of Deep Throat, the anonymous informer for articles written by her ex-husband Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward uncovering the Watergate scandal.


Nora Ephron read Bernstein's notes, which referred to Deep Throat as "MF"; Bernstein said it stood for "My Friend", but Nora Ephron correctly guessed it stood for Mark Felt, the former associate director of the FBI.


Nora Ephron chose not to disclose her diagnosis to friends or colleagues, fearing that the knowledge that she was ill would have impeded her career, and would make it impossible to get projects financed or insured.


On June 26,2012, Nora Ephron died at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan from pneumonia, as a complication of leukemia, at the age of 71.


The Nora Ephron Prize is a $25,000 award by the Tribeca Film Festival for a female writer or filmmaker "with a distinctive voice".


The first Nora Ephron Prize was awarded in 2013 to Meera Menon for her film Farah Goes Bang.


Nora Ephron is credited as being a wedding guest in Crimes and Misdemeanors, as a Dinner Party Guest in Husbands and Wives.