Nora Ephron was not a household name until Tuesday--not unless you had a fairly Hollywood-focused sort of house, but her death profoundly affected a lot of people who are household names, and they have echoed their laments far and wide. She wrote the screenplays for movies that almost everyone in the world has seen like Silkwood, Heartburn, and of course, When Harry Met Sally.
That's right, you owe the "I'll have what she's having!" joke to Nora.
She also co-authored Sleepless in Seattle and Julia and Julia as well as being an award winning essayist, novelist, and playwright. She also directed and produced a number of her films, but it is her writing that inspires me. Without a throng of mindless zombie fans willing to defend excrement or an insane legacy that generated a can-do-no-wrong green-lighting of her every linguistic ejaculation, she still managed to produce work that moved a generation again and again.
Nora Ephron, we salute you.
"I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are."Nora Ephron
"I don't care who you are. When you sit down to write the first page of your screenplay, in your head, you're also writing your Oscar acceptance speech."Nora Ephron
"I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive."Nora Ephron
And here's one more that I love, but I won't be putting in the reliquary:
"Like most of my contemporaries, I first read The Fountainhead when I was 18 years old. I loved it. I too missed the point. I thought it was a book about a strong-willed architect...and his love life....I deliberately skipped over all the passages about egoism and altruism. And I spent the next year hoping I would meet a gaunt, orange-haired architect who would rape me. Or failing that, an architect who would rape me. Or failing that, an architect. I am certain that The Fountainhead did a great deal more for architects than Architectural Forum ever dreamed."Nora Ephron