Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron Passes Away at Age 71

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.

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Nora Ephron Gets Premature Obituary from Close Friend Liz Smith

Columnist Liz Smith has made headlines today by posting a premature obituary for good friend, writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron.

Reps for Nora Ephron, who is 71 years old, had no comment about her current state of health, and her publisher has stated that she is, in fact, still alive. Family members have come forward to say that she is gravely ill. It is rumored that she is suffering from cancer and may not make it through the night.

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Nora Ephron Directing ‘Lost in Austen’

Sony Pictures has hired Nora Ephron to write and direct Lost in Austen, a project we first announced back in February 2009.

The project is based on the 2008 BBC mini-series Lost in Austen, which tells the tale of a modern-day New York woman, who is a passionate fan of author Jane Austen. She somehow finds herself swapping places with the fictional Jane Austen character Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice.

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