Norah Ephron dies at 71

Acclaimed screen writer Norah Ephron famous for her romantic comedies “When Harry met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” as well as other books and essays died at the age of 71 in New York while battling with leukemia. She was suffering from acute myeloid leukemia and succumbed to the disease on Tuesday evening at the Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York whilst being surrounded by her family.

The reactions from the arts and entertainment community poured in and people expressed their sadness over the talented screenwriters’ demise. She had captured the hearts of millions with her flair for comedy and romance. She had the ability to tackle serious subjects with insight and according to actress and writer Carrie Fisher she was “inspiring, intimidating, and insightful”. Her Publisher said in a statement, “She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy. She will be sorely missed”.  New York Mayor called her death ‘a devastating one’ for the arts and cultural community while the LA based Directors Guild of America called her and inspiration for women filmmakers at a time when there were just a few. She used to portray her love-life in movies like “Heartburn” and had given her take on aging in her 2010 essay collection “I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections”.  She had kept her illness private except for close friends and family and constantly used to urge her aging friends and readers to make the most of their lives.


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