‘When Harry Met Sally’ Writer, Nora Ephron, Dead at 71
Oscar-nominated writer and director Nora Ephron, who brought us one of the most famous lines in comedy — “I’ll have what she’s having” in When Harry Met Sally — has died at the age of 71 from leukemia. Ephron also wrote and directed Sleepless in Seattle and Silkwood.
She began her career as a journalist but got into film when she helped her then-husband, reporter Carl Bernstein, rewrite the screenplay for All the Presidents Men, based on his book about Watergate. Though the script wasn’t used, it landed her a screenwriting job for a TV movie.
She made her debut as a director in 1993 with the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, which she also wrote. Ephron won three Oscar nods for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood and Sleepless in Seattle. Not only was she a fantastic romantic comedy writer, she wrote intelligent humor, too.
Her last movie was Meryl Streep’s Julia and Julia, about famed TV chef Julia Child.