Three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Nora Ephron passed away this afternoon at the age of 71. She apparently died of complications from leukemia, which she had been suffering away from the public eye.
Best known for directing the beloved romantic comedies When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, Ephron was first and foremost a witty and talented writer, starting out as a newspaper journalist at the New York Post and quickly establishing herself as a first-rate author, playwright and screenwriter.
In Hollywood, Ephron was considered by many as one of the primary drivers of feminist films that were able to bring life to the female condition. Deftly blending humor, romance, and pathos in films such as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle , You’ve Got Mail and most recently, Julie & Julia, Ephron created strong, fully fledged female protagonists with insightful perspectives into the shortcomings of their lives.
And in the world of movies where there is already so few of them, Nora Ephron’s passing will be sorely felt.