June 26, 2012
Acclaimed writer Nora Ephron dead at 71
Nora Ephron poses for a portrait in her home in New York in this November 3, 2010, file photo. The writer and director Ephron died after a battle with leukemia, media reports say on June 26. Photo by REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
Writer and film director Nora Ephron, known for work on movies such as “When Harry Met Sally,” has died in New York at age 71, according to media reports Tuesday night, hours after it was first revealed that she was gravely ill and near death.
A spokeswoman for her agency, Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency, declined to comment on the reports. Nicholas Latimer, a spokesman at publishing company Random House, told Reuters Ephron was “gravely ill.”
He could not confirm reports that she had died, which was reported by The New York Times, The Washington Post and show business newspaper Daily Variety.
Earlier on Tuesday, New York based gossip columnist Liz Smith told entertainment industry website The Hollywood Reporter that she had spoken to Ephron’s son, Jacob Bernstein, and the family is already planning a funeral.
“I was told this morning that she was dying, but I can’t confirm it,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted Smith as saying.
ABC News posted a story on its website citing sources close to the family as telling the TV network Ephron is “gravely ill.”
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Ephron, known for screenplays “When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and more recently, “Julie & Julia,” which she also directed, had not publicly addressed suffering from any illness in recent months.
During a long career, Ephron has written for newspapers and magazines. She published books and essays, but is perhaps best known for her work in movies.
She was nominated for three Academy Awards for writing romantic the comedies “Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle” and drama “Silkwood.”
Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Philip Barbara
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Writer Nora Ephron poses with director and presenter Steven Spielberg after accepting the Screenwriter Award at the 13th annual Hollywood Awards gala in Beverly Hills, California in this October 26, 2009, file photo.Photo by REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files
Cast members of the film "Julie & Julia" Chris Messina, director, writer and producer Nora Ephron, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams (L-R) pose at the film's premiere in Los Angeles, California in this July 27, 2009, file photo. Photo by REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files
Actors Michael Moore (L) and Michael Rapaport, supporting cast members pose with director Nora Ephron as they arrive at the premiere of the new comedy film "Lucky Numbers" at the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood in this October 24, 2000, file photo. Photo by REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files
Actor John Travolta, star of the new comedy film "Michael" poses with the film's director, writer and producer, Nora Ephron at the film's premiere in Beverly Hills in this December 19, 1996, file photo. Photo by REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files
Actors Meryl Streep (R) and Director Nora Ephron pose during a photocall for the film "Julie and Julia" at the 35rd Deauville American film festival in Deauville in this September 5, 2009, file photo. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/FilesPhoto by REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Files
Nora Ephron poses for a portrait in her home in New York in this November 3, 2010, file photo. Photo by REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
Nora Ephron poses for a portrait in her home in New York in this November 3, 2010, file photo.Photo by REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files
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