Nora Ephron, the accomplished screenwriter, director and essayist whose five-decade career included such credits as “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Silkwood,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie and Julia,” died Tuesday of complications with leukemia. She was 71 years old.
A bestselling author and essayist whose work frequently appeared in The New Yorker and the Huffington Post, Ephron was an intern in the office of President Kennnedy, later becoming a journalist. Her marriage and divorce from Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein led to the novel and film “Heartburn,” and she later married Nicolas Pileggi, the journalist who wrote the screenplay of “Goodfellas.”
Ephron is perhaps best known for a run of romantic comedies that began with 1989’s “When Harry Met Sally…,” which she wrote, and continued with her directorial efforts “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998.) Her last film was “Julie and Julia” in 2009.