MUMBAI: Oscar-nominated Hollywood screenwriter and director
Nora Ephron expired on Tuesday in New York at the age
died in Manhattan of complications from the blood disorder
myelodysplasia, with which she was diagnosed six years
ago. She is survived by her husband and two sons.
15 film credits include films like You've Got Mail,
Silkwood and Julie and Julia that was her last film
in 2009. Though she was nominated for an Oscar three
times, she never won the award.
Ephron was born on 19 May 1941 in New York to a Broadway
playwright and a Hollywood screenwriter. She took her
mother's advice - "take notes, everything is copy"
- very seriously and turned wry personal observations
on relationships into hugely successful romantic comedies.
an early age, Ephron wrote essays for major US magazines
from the late 1960s as well as several non-fiction books,
including two recent memoirs.
was married three times, once to Carl Bernstein, the
Washington Post reporter who helped uncover the 'Watergate'
scandal. Their marriage ended publicly when he began
an affair with the wife of the then-British ambassador,
Margaret Jay, who was also the daughter of former British
Prime Minister James Callaghan.
divorce from Bernstein resulted in the novel Heartburn
that she converted into a film starring Meryl Streep
and Jack Nicholson.
first marriage to writer Dan Greenburg ended in 1976.
Ephron's third marriage to Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote
the screenplays for the Martin Scorsese films Goodfellas
and Casino, lasted for more than 20 years.
of her death started circulating on Tuesday evening
after her friend, celebrity columnist Liz Smith, published
an online memorial.