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.

Image via CBS News

  • smacleod

    Yeah, her passing stung me. You’ve Got Mail is one of the most watched movies in my DVD collection. I just love the optimism all around, in the casting, acting, lighting, dialogue, and story telling. And When Harry met Sally is in my mind the definition, the very best of romantic comedies, “Pecaaan piiiie” “Wagon wheel coffee table” “The little crinkle in your forehead when you look at me like I’m nuts” I guess i grew up watching a lot of my mom’s movies, haha, because my list is topped with romantic comedies, like Goodbye Girl, Tootsie, and The Buddy System. Nora does great commentaries as well, learned a lot about filmmaking and using actors for all they’re worth. Bummed I didn’t get to meet her and thank her in person.

    • brendachapman

      Thanks for sharing your fond memories of her work. When Harry Met Sally is on of my favorites, too.

  • Kenny Barillas

    Wow, really, it was a loss of one so precious in Hollywood. I was privileged to see “Julie & Julia” and it really is good that movie. It was and is a legend. Don’t you think?

    • brendachapman

      Yes, I did enjoy it.

  • Chris Yeoh

    There are some people where when you watch a video of them talking, such as in the DVD special features of her movies, you feel in your heart of hearts that you want to meet them in person and talk to them, listen to them, learn from them, etc. Nora was such a presence. She exudes this comfortable familiarity that she is your mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, teacher, girlfriend, leader. Will definitely miss her and whatever else she might have shared with us. And also regret never having met her.

    • brendachapman

      I feel the same. Thank you for sharing that with us.

  • Nora Ephron always sort-of reminded me of my own mom. Not that they were exactly alike or anything, but their general attitudes toward life were similar. It was in death that the similarities became so obvious to me, though. Nora chose to keep her illness to herself, and not tell people she was dying. Just like Mom did with the majority of her friends. I have a hunch they are probably somewhere right now, comparing notes about the state of their necks!

    • brendachapman

      That’s funny… and sweet. 🙂

  • Ileana

    What a lovely post indeed. Sleepless in Seattle remains as one of my top watched (if my top watched) movie. May she rest in peace.

    • brendachapman

      Thanks for sharing, Ileana.

  • aw she was so talented and will be greatly missed!

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