Monday 18 December 2017

Rom-com writer dies at 71

Laurence Arnold in New York

Nora Ephron, pictured, the author, screenwriter and playwright whose wry take on life, love and loss informed the hit films 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Sleepless in Seattle' as well as the novel 'Heartburn', about the breakup of her marriage to journalist Carl Bernstein, has died. She was 71.

Ms Ephron died yesterday in Manhattan, her longtime home, 'The New York Times' reported. The cause was pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, the newspaper said, citing her son, Jacob Bernstein.

Through her writing and filmmaking, Ephron was a fixture at the crossroads of New York City, where she was born, and Hollywood, around which she was raised by her screenwriter parents. Starting with a post-college job in the mailroom at 'Newsweek', Ephron rose swiftly in journalism, writing for the 'New York Post' and 'New York Magazine' and landing a column in 'Esquire'.

Unsentimental and cynical in much of her early writing, she found fame in romantic comedies for the big screen.

Ms Ephron was nominated for the Academy Award for screenwriting for 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Sleepless in Seattle'.

Irish Independent

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