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A Familiar Voice is Silenced


Ira Schwartz

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

That is a line delivered by Billy Crystal as Harry Burns in the movie “When Harry Met Sally.”  It was written by 3 time Oscar nominee Norah Ephron.  Norah Ephron, filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, journalist, author, blogger and an all around good person died in New York last night of acute Myeloid Leukemia at the age of 71.

She directed eight feature films; two of her best known are “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” and had screenplay credits on more than a dozen productions. Her films “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “Silkwood” earned her Oscar nominations.

She was loved and respected by her peers and colleges alike.

Tom Hanks:

“Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why.  At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her.”

Nicole Kidman:

“I will never forget the dinners, games and laughter we all shared.  Grateful that she was my friend and we had the opportunity to work together.”

Billy Crystal:

“….A brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.” 

Norah Ephron on her own mortality:

“You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it.”

Our industry and the world has lost a brilliant talent whose writings made us laugh and cry but most of all made us realize that if we look hard enough we can find a rainbow after every  storm.  Norah Ephron will be greatly missed by all.  All of us here at A Hollywood Republican extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.


Norah Ephron 1941 - 2012

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