Nora Ephron: Writer/Director of "Sleepless In Seattle" Dies

June 27, 2012 By:
Nora Ephron: Writer/Director of

I think everyone can agree that When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless In Seattle and You’ve Got Mail are some of the greatest romantic comedies ever made. Heck, they aren’t just great rom-coms, they’re great movies!

Sadly, the woman responsible for bringing those films to the big screen passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 71.

The prolific writer/director Nora Ephron suffered a long battle with pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia.

Ephron passed away at a New York hospital and the funeral is set to take place tomorrow. No other details have come forward.

Ephron got her start as an essayist in the 1960s where she wrote for publications like New York, Esquire and the New York Times Magazine.

It was in 1983 that she had her breakthrough as a screenwriter, penning the flick Silkwood which starred Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell.

But it was in 1993 that marked the turning point in Ephron’s career and made her the romantic comedy darling. She wrote When Harry Met Sally and then wrote and directed Sleepless In Seattle followed by You’ve Got Mail.

It was just in 2009 that she wrote and directed Amy Adams and Meryl Strep in Julie & Julia.

“I’m very sad to learn of Nora’s passing,” says When Harry Met Sally star Billy Crystal, “She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg Ryan’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.”

Ephron is survived by her current husband Nicholas Pileggi and her two sons from a previous relationship, Jacob and Max.