Filmmaker Nora Ephron has passed away, after numerous rumors were swirling about her health yesterday. The writer-director died from acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 71. She had long been suffering from the illness, but wanted to keep her affliction a private matter.
Nora Ephron broke into Hollywood as a writer, receiving an Oscar nomination for penning Silkwood before the hit romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... truly put her on the map in 1989, earning her another Oscar nomination. She made her directorial debut with 1992's This Is My Life before writing and directing the Oscar-nominated Sleepless in Seattle in 1992. Her honest depictions of women on film, in classics such as You've Got Mail and 2009's Julie & Julia, made her a Hollywood treasure. She also wrote and directed the 2005 remake Bewitched and the 1996 drama Michael, starring John Travolta.
Here's what Sony Pictures chairman Howard Stringer had to say about her passing.
"Nora, as a writer, director and producer, is a legendary triple threat in entertainment's great trifecta: Broadway, Hollywood and publishing. With her passing, many lights have been extinguished - studio lights, theater lights, of course. But mostly, the light from the chandelier above her dining table where so many gathered to share, with Nick and her sons, her extraordinary life. So many friends will miss her terribly and no longer know who to call, what to see, what to listen to, where and what to eat, and often, what to think. Such is her energy, her enthusiasm and her gift for friendship."
Sony co-chair Amy Pascal also added, "We are devastated and heartbroken. We all loved Nora very much."