Wow, how sad. RIP
Nora Ephron Dead; Created When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle : People.com
Nora Ephron, Writer-Director of Sleepless in Seattle, Dies at Age 71
By Mike Fleeman
Tuesday June 26, 2012 08:10 PM EDT
Nora Ephron, one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood as the creative force behind such blockbusters as You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, died at age 71 on Tuesday, according to multiple news reports.
The cause of death for the three-time Oscar nominee wasn't immediately known. Friends and family had told ABC News she had battled leukemia.
A writer and director who was as comfortable with romantic comedies as she was with hard-hitting dramas with social themes, Ephron's films featured strong female roles that attracted such A-listers as Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Cher.
The daughter of playwrights and sister to writers Delia and Amy, Nora was married and divorced to author Dan Greenberg before marrying Watergate investigative reporter Carl Bernstein. She based her searing novel and screenplay Heartburn on the collapse of their marriage.
She also wrote the screenplays for the drama Silkwood (starring Streep and Cher) about nuclear activist Karen Silkwood, but was best known and reached the highest levels of success with her lighter fare.
Described both affectionately and sometimes not as "chick flicks," the wildly successful trio of Harry, Sleepless and Mail (co-written with Delia), had Ryan falling in love with Billy Crystal or Tom Hanks and turned the actress into a mega-star.
Ephron's last film was the time-shifting Julia Child foodie flick Julie & Julia and in 2008 wrote a bestselling novel about aging called I Feel Bad About My Neck.
She is survived by her third husband, Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi, and her two sons with Bernstein.