Nora Ephron is dead. I find that a bit hard to believe because (a) I didn’t know she was ill and (b) she wasn’t that old where one started asking, “Gee, I wonder if s/he is still alive?” Ephron was a 1962 graduate of one of the Seven Sisters, Wellesley College, in Massachusetts. This link is her 1996 Wellesley Commencement address and you’ll find it very entertaining, which is what we all know about Ms. Ephron. You can also read about her thoughts regarding aging here.
Nora Ephron was a Renaissance woman: novelist, writer, film director, comedian, playwright, and Huffington Post blogger. She is remembered for many memorable films, Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, all three of which received Academy Award nominations for best original screenplay, and Heartburn, about her marriage breakup with Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein.
I’m very sad about the passing of Ms. Ephron, who I had the pleasure of hearing speak in 2009. She introduced her good friend Arianna Huffington at a Manhattan event where Arianna was about to be presented with a lifetime achievement award. Ephron was side-splitting funny. She had no off button, as you will hear in the commencement address. She is that unusual type of person, a real “woman’s woman.” We don’t have enough of these women in the world: strong, funny, vulnerable in that secure way of knowing she is smart. Ephron wrote and spoke from a woman’s point of view, which isn’t a bad thing. She made women feel really good about being women. I will miss her and am sorry she is gone at 71. What stories did she have left to tell? We won’t know.