Nora Ephron
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Nora Ephron

Past Event: Thursday, November 18, 2010

At Town Hall Seattle—The Great Hall

Co-Presented by University Book Store.

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 EsquireThe 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) Nora Ephron “Wit and Wisdom on Growing Old” The Today Show ((August, 2006) Julie & Julia trailer Nora Ephron on The Charlie Rose Show with Meryl Streep discussing Julia & Julia (August 2009)\ Nora Ephron’s parody on The Girl Who Played With Fire “The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut” (The New Yorker, July, 2010) Ephron shares her earliest memories of living in New York (New York Magazine, March, 2010) Ephron on ‘The Six Stages of Email’ (New York Times Op-Ed, July 2007) Nora Ephron on her love of online Scrabble games (New York Times, May 2007) Nora Ephron on Her Personal History in the New Yorker (New Yorker Magazine, Oct. 11, 2010) Celebrating OpEd’s 40th Anniversary with Ephron’s All the President’s Girls: Jeffrey Steingarten cooks with Nora Ephron: WITS student from Franklin High School reads his newly published work at the annual Book Launch. Photo by Libby Lewis

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle—The Great Hall

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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Transportation & Parking

Town Hall Seattle is centrally located at 1119 8th Ave, on the corner of 8th and Seneca. Their venue is served by frequent bus routes, is near access to light rail stations, and close to a number of parking options nearby. Please see their website for more details.


Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing losses, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. To make a request for open captioning, please contact us at [email protected] or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: for in-person events at Town Hall Seattle, we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure captioning services. 

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Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Town Hall Seattle has a hearing loop system, so you can switch your T-coil hearing aid to telecoil to have the stage’s microphones transmitted directly to your hearing aids. To pick up a headset, check in with any Town Hall usher when you arrive.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for interpretation, please contact us at [email protected] or 206.621.2230×10, or select “Sign Language Interpretation” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process and we will contact you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at Town Hall Seattle, which is fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Town Hall Seattle recommends that visitors use the 8th Avenue Entrance for events in the Great Hall, and elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. The venue has all-gender, ADA-accessible restrooms on the lobby and Forum level. To reserve seating for a specific mobility concern, please contact us at [email protected] or 206.621.2230×10, or select “Wheelchair Accessible or Alternative Seating Options” during ticket checkout, and we will contact you to confirm details. For more details on accessibility features at Town Hall, click here.

Guide and service dogs are welcome.

All-gender restrooms are available.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at [email protected], or Monday-Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm at 206.621.2230×10.

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