The world of Letters and Cinema became poorer yesterday with the death of Nora Ephron.
A writer/director, Ephron was a blazing talent. She began her career in the 1960s as a reporter and essayist and then, in the 1980s, she became an acclaimed screenwriter for films like Silkwood, Heartburn, and her most beloved work, the classic When Harry Met Sally ... Later on she became a director of such big hits like Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and Julie and Julia.
And as woman, forging a career in a more sexist time and in male-dominated industries, Ephron was not only a talent but a trailblazer.
Nora Ephron was also a real New Yorker. Although she grew up in California, she made her career here. Many of her films are set here and even the ones that aren't have a real cosmopolitan edge. She epitomized the city and it epitomized her.
You should read this tribute from When Harry Met Sally ... director Rob Reiner. Together, they made movie gold.
So farewell, Nora. I know that I'll be showing my little daughter your films one day. Thank you for your unique, funny voice.