Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter, and Movie Director: Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron, 1941-2012

Nora Ephron, 1941-2012
photo credit: Tech Crunch

Nora Ephron, prolific American writer, director, and film maker, passed away on Tuesday after a battle with lukemia. Ephron was a pioneer of “new journalism” in the 1970s, writing bold essays about social issues of the day, as well as other writers’ views. She continued growing and developing as a writer and in the 1980’s expanded into screenwriting and production.

IMDB lists her film credits with 15 titles as writer, including such well-known titles as Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and most recently, Julie & Julia. She directed eight, produced 10, and  even took up with a bit of acting in Woody Allen’s films, Husbands and Wives and Crimes and Misdemeanors.

The daughter of  Hollywood writers, she grew up writing, becoming known for,

“Viewing her life and the lives of others, particularly intimates, as material for her works, she is famous for her observations of other people’s lives, as well as for her own personal revelations.”

(Encyclopedia of World Biography)

If you’ve seen several of her films, don’t miss out on reading her novels, plays, and essays, too. We have several available here at Milne Library, and of course you can order still more through IDS. It’s been awhile since I’ve read anything by her, but she published a collection of essays in 201o titles, I Remember Nothing, and Other Reflections. It looks like I’ve got a new book to read so that I might appreciate this independent, bold, and funny woman.

Have you read anything by Nora Ephron? What is your favorite recommendation? Share in the comments!