Writer, Filmmaker Nora Ephron's Life

Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, has died. Take a look at some of her career highlights.

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Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, died Tuesday, June 26, of pneumonia brought on by myeloid leukemia. She was 71. Take a look at some of her career highlights.
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The eldest of four children, Ephron was born in New York to screenwriters Harry and Phoebe Ephron, who moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., when she was four years old.
After graduating from Wellesley College, Ephron worked briefly at the White House during the Kennedy administration. She once joked that she was the only intern JFK never hit on.
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Determined since high school to be a journalist, she moved to New York and took a job as a "mail girl" and fact checker at Newsweek. She would later work at the New York Post.
EMPTY_CAPTION"Crazy Salad," a collection of Ephron's essays that was published in 1975, analyzed the generation of men and women who have shaped how women currently view their work, their bodies, politics and media.
Ephron married famed Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein in 1976, and together they had two children.
Ephron wrote about Bernstein's marital transgressions in "Heartburn," which was turned in a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. She also wrote openly about her difficult childhood, her doubts about her physical appearance and the hated intrusion of age.
In addition to Bernstein, Ephron married Dan Greenburg and "Wiseguys" author Nicholas Pileggi, pictured here, whose book was adapted into the Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas."
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The screenplay for "When Harry Met Sally," the 1989 romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, is perhaps Ephron's best known work.
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In the most iconic scene of any Ephron film, Ryan demonstrates a fake orgasm in "When Harry Met Sally." With perfect timing, a middle-aged woman nearby retorts, "I'll have what she's having." To this day tourists flock to that table at Katz's Deli in New York City.
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Ryan reunited with Ephron for "Sleepless in Seattle," starring opposite Tom Hanks, which earned Ephron her third and final Oscar nomination.
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Ephron would bring Ryan and Hanks together again in 1998 for "You've Got Mail," a modern-day take on the classic "The Shop Around the Corner." Ephron directed, co-wrote and co-produced the hit film.
Ephron and actor Tom Hanks attend the opening night of Ephron's 2002 Broadway play, "Imaginary Friends."
Ephron's 2006 collection of essays, "I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Reflections on Being a Woman" was another best-seller.
Ephron wrote with her sister, Delia, the 2008 hit play "Love, Loss and What I Wore," based on the Ilene Beckerman novel of the same name.
Meryl Streep starred as legendary chef Julia Child in 2009's "Julie & Julia," the last film written and directed by Ephron.
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Streep, who became friends with Ephron while working on the film "Silkwood," said of the writer, “She was an expert in all the departments of living well.”
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