Nora Ephron’s mother, a screenwriter, once gave her the advice “Everything is copy.” Ephron has taken this message to heart in her career as a reporter, director, screenwriter, and novelist. On writing, she says “I can’t understand why anyone would write fiction when what actually happens is so amazing.” Her #1 New York Times bestseller I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, is a candid, humorous collection of essays about women of a certain age. In her most recent book, I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections, Ephron addresses with wit and wisdom the trials of modern life, in essays on “The Six Stages of E-mail” and anticipating everything she has yet to forget in “What I Won’t Miss” and “What I Will Miss.”
Ephron started her career as a newspaper reporter for the New York Post and then became a magazine writer for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and New York Magazine. She has two best-selling collections of essays: Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble. In 2007, she joined The New York Times as a guest columnist. After gaining a reputation as a journalist, Ephron turned to screenwriting and directing. Her break out success came in 1989, with the release of When Harry Met Sally, followed four years later with another box office hit, Sleepless in Seattle, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. This film, which Ephron also directed, grossed over $200 million worldwide and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay. Ephron again teamed up with Hanks & Ryan for You’ve Got Mail which was also an international box office hit. Ephron’s play, Imaginary Friends, debuted on Broadway in 2002 and was followed by a play she co-wrote with her sister, Love, Loss and What I Wore. Her most recent film, was the critically acclaimed Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.
Nora Ephron lives in New York City with her husband, journalist/screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, and their dog.
Selected WorkBooksI Remember Nothing and Other Reflections (November 2010)Wallflower at the Orgy (2007)I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman (2006)Crazy Salad (2000)Heartburn (1983) – became a screenplay, then a film starring Meryl Streep FilmsJulie and Julia (2009) – Director and ScreenwriterYou’ve Got Mail (1998) – Director and ScreenwriterSleepless in Seattle (1993) – Director and Screenwriter, Academy Award nomination for Best Original ScreenplayWhen Harry Met Sally (1989) – Screenwriter, Academy Award nomination for Best Original ScreenplaySilkwood (1983) – Screenwriter, Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay ScreenwritingCookieMy Blue HeavenThis is My LifeMixed NutsMichaelHanging Up LinksNora Ephron on The Colbert Report (November 2006)http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/78844/november-29-2006/nora-ephron Nora Ephron “Wit and Wisdom on Growing Old” The Today Show ((August, 2006)http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/nora-ephron-aging-is-complicated/6withyy Julie & Julia trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQQRIYsXW50 Nora Ephron on The Charlie Rose Show with Meryl Streep discussing Julia & Julia (August 2009)\ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaEw2EVPaLI Nora Ephron’s parody on The Girl Who Played With Fire “The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut” (The New Yorker, July, 2010)http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2010/07/05/100705sh_shouts_ephron Ephron shares her earliest memories of living in New York (New York Magazine, March, 2010)http://nymag.com/news/features/64944/ Ephron on ‘The Six Stages of Email’ (New York Times Op-Ed, July 2007)http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/01/opinion/01ephron.html?ei=5090&en=eb1ceccb9145fa7f&ex=1340942400&emc=rss&partner=rssuserland&pagewanted=print Nora Ephron on her love of online Scrabble games (New York Times, May 2007)http://select.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/opinion/13ephron.html?ref=nora_ephron Nora Ephron on Her Personal History in the New Yorker (New Yorker Magazine, Oct. 11, 2010)http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/11/101011fa_fact_ephron Celebrating OpEd’s 40th Anniversary with Ephron’s All the President’s Girls:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/opinion/prez-Ephron.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 Jeffrey Steingarten cooks with Nora Ephron:http://www.seriouseats.com/2009/07/jeffrey-steingarten-interviews-nora-ephron-julie-julia.htmlA WITS student from Franklin High School reads his newly published work at the annual Book Launch. Photo by Libby Lewis