Nora Ephron Dies At 71

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron, right, on the set of RECOiL with co-writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, center. There is still debate over who actually wrote the famous exchange:

Nester: “I’ve got it all up here.”
Macuzak: “That’s what worries me.”

Ephron claimed it was a regular exchange between DiMaio and herself on the set of RECOiL, and that DiMaio never really got the joke. When asked DiMaio replied, “What joke?”

New York—Famed journalist, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron died last Tuesday from pneumonia, a complication from acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71.

Best known as the writer of the 1989 hit romantic comedy, “When Harry Met Sally,” Ephron graduated from Wellesley College in 1962 and moved to New York to begin her journalism career.

She made a name for herself as a writer and essayist during the 1970s, and after doing some re-writes on the script for “All the President’s Men” at the request of her then-husband, Carl Bernstein, Ephron caught the attention of Hollywood and found herself writing more and more Hollywood fare.
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Nora Ephron To Bring “The Pina Colada Song” To The Big Screen

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) (The Movie)

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) (The Movie)

Los Angeles—If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, then you’ll love the next movie from writer/director Nora Ephron. Castle Rock Entertainment and Ephron confirmed yesterday that the “You’ve Got Mail” director will adapt and direct a film based on Escape, more commonly known as The Piña Colada Song.

“The song tells such a compelling story,” Ephron said. “You have two people who’ve grown apart, you have the man’s attention grabbed by a personal ad, he responds to it showing his personality and charm, he plans a meeting with the writer of the personal ad, feels guilty about planning the meeting, shows up for the meeting, and SPOILER ALERT: it was his own lovely lady who wrote the ad! And instead of dwelling on the fact that each tried to step out on the other, they realized they hardly knew each other, and their relationship was rekindled. It’s really quite romantic, and it was such a great nugget to start a romantic comedy from.”
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