Remembering Nora Ephron

remembering nora ephron It seems that 2012 has seen its fair share of celebrity deaths–or perhaps we’re simply hyper-aware of these events as a result of social media and 24-hour news outlets that are never silent.

Regardless, we’ve lost women this year who have undoubtedly affected our lives—even if we’re not immediately aware of the impact. One, in particular, we’ve felt more than any other. As writers, readers, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, activists or feminists, we’ve all been touched by Nora Ephron’s work.

From the funny and outrageous to the political and serious, Nora Ephron left her mark on our world in a permanent way. Beginning her career as an essayist and novelist, Ephron had a style that was relatable and provocative. She turned the heartbreak of her marriage’s demise into a poignant, humorous novel, Heartburn, which would later be turned into a major motion picture starring (our favorite) Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. Like her triumphant character in the novel, Rachel, Ephron overcame the break-up of her marriage and succeeded on many levels. “And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.”

Nora Ephron went on to write and direct some of modern history’s most memorable films—those that seem to touch us at every phase of our lives. Some of our favorites include the hilarious and touching When Harry Met Sally; the eye-opening, terrifying Silkwood; and the charmingly poignant Julie & Julia.

When Nora Ephron passed away earlier this summer, hers was a loss felt by her friends and fans alike. We are lucky, though, that she leaves behind such a legacy. Her movies and books will live on and remain in our collective memories for generations to come (will anyone ever forget the When Harry Met Sally diner scene?!?), and we will continue to talk about her for decades to come.

As her friend and co-worker, Meryl Streep, said at Ephron’s recent memorial service, “…Sometimes you have to wait until your friend leaves the room to say how great she is,” she said, “because she absolutely would never put up with any of this if she were within earshot.”

Nora, we think you’re the epitome of great. And we miss you.

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