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Nora Ephron Dies: Screenwriter and Essayist Passed Away from Cancer at 71

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Nora Ephron.

News of Nora Ephron’s passing spread slowly this evening, first with this blog post by Liz Smith, which celebrates her friend. Later the New York Times reported that Nora Ephron died at age 71 of pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, according to her son Jacob Bernstein whom she had with her second husband, Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein. The Times piece on Ephron’s legacy notes that, “By the end of her life, though remaining remarkably youthful looking, she had even become something of a philosopher about age and its indignities.”

I read Ephron’s book I Feel Bad About My Neck when it came out in 2006 or shortly thereafter. I’m not sure why I did, since I was only 30 and it’s largely a book about becoming a woman of a certain age. But I found it very insightful and entertaining nonetheless, especially during the parts where she waxes poetic about New York City. Nora Ephron loved New York City, which was evident not only in her essays but in her films as well. One of her biggest hits, When Harry Met Sally, is supposed to be a love story about two people, but it’s really a story about love in New York. Her most recent film, Julie & Julia, is also New York-centric, and combines her love of the city with her love of food. Ephron’s other hit films include Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. Let’s take a look at some of the best clips from these movies, in honor of a New York lady whose life was well-lived:

The “orgasm” scene in Katz’s Deli from When Harry Met Sally:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-bsf2x-aeE[/youtube]

The end of When Harry Met Sally:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCqiHZdDnZI[/youtube]

Sleepless in Seattle Empire State Building scene:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbPUfy9dWG8[/youtube]

All the best scenes from You’ve Got Mail:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vngB182CBQ[/youtube]

Meryl Streep’s funniest moments in Julie & Julia:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu9-5BFO894[/youtube]

Photo via IMDB

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