'Sleepless in Seattle' Director Nora Ephron Has Passed Away at Age 71

June 26, 2012
Source: Variety

Nora Ephron

There was a bit of confusion online today when reports of the passing of filmmaker Nora Ephron surfaced and were quickly recanted as the director of films like Sleepless in Seattle and writer of When Harry Met Sally was said to be very ill, but not yet dead. Well, Variety now has word that Ms. Ephron ended up passing away today at age 71-years old after a battle with leukemia. Though Ephron only directed eight feature films in her career, she certainly left her mark as one of the most influential female directors and writers in Hollywood and has crafted some of the best romantic comedies in the history of film. More below.

In addition to the aforementioned modern classics, Ephron also directed Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan again in You've Got Mail, not to mention John Travolta in both Lucky Numbers and Michael, Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman in Bewitched, Steve Martin in Mixed Nuts, Carrie Fisher, Julie Kavner and Dan Aykroyd in her first film This is My Life, and finally Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in her final film Julie & Julia. She also wrote most of her own films, not to mention Hanging Up with Diane Keaton and My Blue Heaven with Steve Martin. Her films have touched many, including myself, as I regard When Harry Met Sally to be one of the best romantic comedies ever, and definitely in my favorite films of all-time. This is truly a tragic loss. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family in this difficult time. Rest in peace.

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So sad. My wife and I have this weird tradition of watching You've Got Mail around Christmas. It isn't Nora's best film, but it is one of our favorite. Bless you Nora.

Quanah on Jun 26, 2012


She is alive for me Good works left behind Godspeed

Ehsan Davodi on Jun 26, 2012


I wasn't a follower. Haven't seen most of her films, but My Blue Heaven and Mixed Nuts were two damned enjoyable flicks! Last year during a visit to the folks', my mom made us watch Julie & Julia. I rolled my eyes and sat through it, and it turned out to be a really good movie. She spun a good yarn. RIP

grimjob on Jun 26, 2012


Wow how unexpected. RIP. When Harry Met Sally is also a favorite of mine and Julie and Julia was one the most unexpected surprises when I saw it. I heavily recommend Silkwood and Heartburn, two films she wrote that were directed by Mike Nichols. Specifically Silkwood which is heartfelt, riveting, and contains my favorite performances from Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell.

Andrew DiDonato on Jun 26, 2012


Mixed Nuts was realy bad.

Marc Arsenault on Jun 27, 2012

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