Nora Ephron‘s life cannot be summed up in any amount of words. The famous screenwriter, director, filmmaker, novelist, playwright, journalist, author, wife and mother will be sorely missed by everyone. Responsible for beloved romantic comedies When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail, you can be sure they will never be forgotten.
The Oscar nominee died June 26 while being treated for acute myeloid leukemia, diagnosed seven years ago.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg commented, saying, “The loss of Nora Ephron is a devastating one for New York City’s arts and cultural community. From her earliest days at New York City’s newspapers to her biggest Hollywood successes, Nora always loved a good New York story, and she could tell them like no one else.”
Read on to see stars reactions to the prolific writer’s death.
The star got her start working in the mail room at Newsweek for a year before the writers strike. She then got her big break when she was writing for a spoof called The New York Pest, that got her hired at the New York Post! Ephron soon became a regular contributor for Esquire and The New York Times. She is even still rumored to be one of few who knew the true identity of “Deep Throat” in the Watergate Scandal, as she was married to Carl Bernstein during that time. The couple had two children together before she found out of his affair with a mutual friend. After the divorce Ephron wrote Heartburn, which was eventually turned into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. She had been happily married to Nicholas Pileggi for eight years before her death. In her most recent work, Ephron wrote and directed the 2009 film Julie & Julia starring Streep and Amy Adams.
People has the inside scoop on what all the stars she was closest with have to say of her passing.
“At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life,” Tom Hanks said in a statement. “Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her.”
Billy Crystal, the Harry in When Harry Met Sally, called Ephron a “brilliant writer and humorist.” He wrote in a statement to the Huffington Post where Ephron was a contributing editor, “Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.”
Nicole Kidman, who starred in Nora’s film Bewitched, told the Huffington Post, “I am so grateful that she was my friend and we had the opportunity to work together. My thoughts and love are with her family at this time. I will never forget the dinners, games and laughter we all shared.”
Other stars took to Twitter to express their many condolences and love for the great writer and personality that was Nora Ephron.
Writer, director and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted, “‘I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.’ — Nora Ephron”
Son of Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks, tweeted, “Nora Ephron was devastatingly funny, extremely witty, and was ALWAYS one of the kindest people I have ever met.”