Nora Ephron was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, and director. She was born in Manhattan, May 19 1941. She went to Beverly Hills High School and later on attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree in 1962. Nora was the daughter of Henry and Phoebe Ephron. She had three younger sisters, Delia, Hallie and Amy. On 9 April 1967, she married Dan Greenburg, a writer but the marriage ended in divorce in 1976. In April of the same year, she married Carl Bernstein, a journalist. The couple had two children, Jacob and Max Bernstein. In 1980 they were divorced. Nora Ephron got married for the third time in 1987 to Nicholas Pileggi, also a screen writer. They stayed together for more than 20 years until her death on 26 June 2012.
As an essayist, she is best known for Crazy Salad: Some Things About women (1975) and as a novelist, she is best for Heartburn (1983). Both of her parents were well known screen writers, and Nora followed in their footsteps.
Nora Ephron held various positions including that of intern at the white house and as a reporter for the New York Post before starting her screen writing career. She rose to become one of the most successful female screenwriters in the history of film. Once her screen writing career took-off; there was no stopping her. Nora put her best effort and skill into her work and it payed off.
Her works are numerous. Some were a great success; others did not do well at all. Silkwood (1983) which was based on the true story of Karen Silkwood, was a big hit which grossed more than $35 million. Heartburn (1986) based on her best-selling novel by the same title had an all star cast (Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, and Jeff Daniels) and earned more than $25 million. One of her best known works is the classic romantic comedy; When Harry met Sally (1989). This popular film starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan was a blockbuster earning $93 million at the box office.
My Blue Heaven (1990) was followed by This is My Life (1992). These two did not quite hit the anticipated mark but in 1993, Sleepless in Seattle starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan hit the peak bringing in more than $125 million at the box office. This was followed by Mixed Nuts (1994) which did not do so well and Michael (1996) starring John Travolta which proved to be a great success earning $95 million at the box office. You’ve got Mail (1998) starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks again proved to be a great hit earning $115 million at the box office. Hanging Up (2000) did not do very well. Bewitched (2005) earned $62 million but it was anticipated that it would earn more. Her last film, Julie and Julia (2006) was well received but did not quite hit the mark which she had anticipated.
Nora Ephron was nomitated three times for the Academy Award for best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Silkwood, when Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seatle. She won the BAFTA Awards for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally in 1990 and in 1994 won the Crystal Award for Women in film. She also won the Ian Mclellan Hunter Award in the writers Guild of America Awards in 2003 and the Golden Apple Award in the casting Society of America in 2009 alongside her sister Delia Ephron with whom she wrote some of the movie scripts.
On June 26 2012, Nora ephron died in New York City, New York from Pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, an illness she had been diagnosed with in 2006, but kept hidden from most people.
Nora Ephron worked hard and was rewarded with great success. As a script writer, she made a name for herself and her work will continue to entertain people all around the world. She is credited as a screenwriter for thirteen films.