Nora Ephron, 'When Harry Met Sally' writer, dies

8:52 AM, Jun 27, 2012   |    comments
Writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, known for writing and directing such movies as 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'Julie & Julia,' died of leukemia on June 26. She was 71. (Getty Images)
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NEW YORK -- Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who challenged and thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, had died. She was 71.

Ephron's family says she died of leukemia Tuesday night at a Manhattan hospital.

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Born into a family of screenwriters, Ephron was a top journalist in her 20s and 30s, then a best-selling author and successful director. She was among the most quotable and influential writers of her generation.

She wrote and directed such favorites as Julie & Julia and Sleepless in Seattle, and her books included the novel Heartburn, a brutal roman a clef about her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.

Ephron was married three times: to Dan Greenburg, Bernstein and Nicholas Pileggi, who survives her. She had two sons.

(Associated Press)

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