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'When Harry Met Sally' Writer Nora Ephron Dies Aged 71

27 June 2012
'When Harry Met Sally' Writer Nora Ephron Dies Aged 71
'When Harry Met Sally' Writer Nora Ephron Dies Aged 71

The acclaimed screen-writer and author Nora Ephron has died at the age of 73.

According to The New York Times Ephron died of complications from a battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Ephron was nominated three times for best screenplay at the Oscars, though it is for the touching romantic comedies 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Sleepless In Seattle' that she will be most fondly remembered.

The famous moment from 'When Harry Met Sally' where Meg Ryan's character Sally fakes an orgasm in a crowded restaurant has become a part of cinematic history, with an onlooker's response: "I'll have what she's having" epitomising the wit which made Ephron a treasured writer within Hollywood.

Tributes to the screenwriter poured in today, with figures from Justin Timberlake to Denise Richards heaping praise on her for her talents. Timberlake Tweeted: "R.I.P. Nora Ephron... Funny, charming, witty, full of heart, and one of the greatest who put it all down in timeless, quotable classics (sic)."

She also had a front row seat to arguably the biggest scandal in American history, as she was marrried to journalist Carl Bernstein, exposer of the Watergate scandal. For many years it was thought she was one of the only people in the world who knew the identity of Bernstein's 'Deep Throat' source, who helped expose the scandal.

After leaving Bernstein due to an affair she turned her experiences into a critically acclaimed book, 'Heartburn', eventually turned into a film with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.

She was also married to screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, of 'Goodfellas' fame until her death.

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