Playwright turned screenwriter and producer, known for his teaming with wife Phoebe Wolkind. Among his credits as a screenwriter are Henry King's "Carousel" (1956), which also marked the start of his producing career, and the Walter Lang films "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954) and the Tracy/Hepburn classic "Desk Set" (1957). Ephron's final screenplay "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963) received an Oscar nomination for best screenplay adaptation. He was the father of screenwriter/director Nora Ephron.