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Sunday, May 19, 2019

A Writer Of And For Her Time

“My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next.” – Nora Ephron

Ephron was a journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger born into a family of writers on this date in 1941.  Not only were her parents both writers, but she also was the first of 4 sisters to follow the profession.  And she married a writer – a quite famous one at that.  She and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post (and Watergate reporting fame) were married for a dozen years and had a son, Jacob, who (of course) also grew up to be a writer.  

Ephron was nominated for three Academy Awards for her writing of Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle.  She won numerous awards for When Harry Met Sally, and had there had been an award for best original scene, she probably would have taken that home too.  It depicts an elderly woman sitting in a restaurant watching Sally and telling the waitress “I’ll have what she’s having.”   If you haven’t seen it, take a look on You Tube to brighten your day. 
                                 “I try to write parts for women that are complicated and interesting,” Ephron said.  “Just as women actually are.”                                                                                                                                                                     
Writer’s Moment with a friend at http://writersmoment.blogspot.com

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