|Nora Ephron was a dedicated journalist, a witty screenwriter and a heartfelt director.|
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You've probably seen one or more of Ephron's films, which have become contemporary classics in the romantic comedy genre. She made a name for herself as the writer of the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally. The movie, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, was about friends who struggled with the question of whether or not men and women can maintain purely platonic relationships.
|Although it was released in 1989, When Harry Met|
Sally is still regarded as one of the best romantic
comedies of all time.
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One of the most inspiring things about Ephron is that she maintained her point of view as a writer in various fields. She started as a journalist for the New York Post before writing the biting, relatable novel Heartburn about her tumultuous marriage to journalist Carl Bernstein. She later adapted the novel into a film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep. Ephron continued to write prose even after she became a well-known filmmaker. Her 2006 essay collection I Feel Bad About My Neck was inspired by the female aging process, but the book made me laugh as a teenager.
Nora Ephron paved the way for women interested in breaking into entertainment or journalism, fields which are unfortunately dominated by men, even when the content they're producing is aimed toward women. Ephron's work made a difference in women's lives, and she will be missed.
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Jill O'Rourke is an Entertainment Blogger for Ruffled Feathers. You can read her personal blog and follow her on Twitter.