Nora Ephron

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Perhaps one of the most prolific writers to emerge during the latter half of the 20th century, Nora Ephron transitioned from successful journalist and novelist to write and direct what many consider to be among the ... Read more »
Born: 05/18/1941 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hopeless Pictures 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Rosie O'Donnell 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Lifestory: Rosie O'Donnell 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martin Seriously Funny 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

We All Dream of Oz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Pride and Prejudice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Signed, Sealed, Delivered 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Husbands and Wives 1992 (Movie)

Dinner Party Guest (Actor)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

Wedding Guest (Actor)

New York at the Movies (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (16)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hanging Up 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mixed Nuts 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

("Heartburn") (Source Material (from novel))

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Adam's Rib 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer

Perfect Gentlemen (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (10)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hanging Up 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

All I Wanna Do 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (9)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Michael 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Mixed Nuts 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (1)

This Is My Life 1992 (Movie)

("You Can't Get to Heaven") (Song)

Biography

Perhaps one of the most prolific writers to emerge during the latter half of the 20th century, Nora Ephron transitioned from successful journalist and novelist to write and direct what many consider to be among the greatest romantic comedies ever made. Despite being raised by screenwriter parents, Ephron was driven as a young woman to become a journalist, first writing for the New York Post, which she followed by becoming a scathingly witty essayist for the likes of Esquire and New York magazine. Her first collection of essays, Wallflower at the Orgy (1970), was a bestseller, as were all her subsequent novels. After making major news for her divorce from acclaimed journalist Carl Bernstein, which became fodder for her novel, Heartburn, Ephron became an Oscar-nominated screenwriter with her very first effort, "Silkwood" (1983). But it was her script for "When Harry Met Sally " (1989) that set the bar high for all other romantic comedies that would follow. While continuing to write films like "My Blue Heaven" (1990), she also began directing, starting with the beloved "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993), leading to "Mixed Nuts" (1994), "Michael" (1996) and culminating in "You've Got Mail" (1998). Though she remained hard-pressed to scale the heights of "When Harry Met Sally " again - though she fared well with "Julie & Julia" (2009) - Ephron nonetheless remained one of the most revered and respected writer-directors of her day.

Relationships

Carl Bernstein Actor

Husband
Married April 14, 1976; Bernstein was one of the reporters for The Washington Post who broke the story of the Watergate break-in Divorced in 1980 Ephron was pregnant with son, Max when she found out the news of Bernstein's affair with married British politician Margaret Jay; she later used the events to write the 1983 novel Heartburn, which was made into a 1986 film

Jacob Bernstein Actor

Son
Born Aug. 22, 1978; father, Carl Bernstein

Max Bernstein Actor

Son
Born Nov. 16, 1979; father, Carl Bernstein

Hallie Ephron Actor

Sister
Born March 1948

Delia Ephron Actor

Sister
Born July 12, 1944 Co-wrote several screenplays including "You've Got Mail" (1998) and "Hanging Up" (2000) with sister

Henry Ephron Actor

Father
Born May 26, 1911; earned an Oscar nomination for his work on "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963); also co-wrote "Carousel" (1956) and "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1961) with wife Died Sept. 6, 1992

Phoebe Ephron Actor

Mother
Born Jan. 26, 1914; earned an Oscar nomination for her work on "Captain Newman, M.D." (1963); also co-wrote "Carousel" (1956) and "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1961) with husband Died Oct. 13, 1971 of cirrhosis of the liver

Amy Ephron Actor

Sister
Born Oct. 21, 1952; wrote the novels A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 (2005) and One Sunday Morning (2006)

Dan Greenburg Actor

Husband
Married April 9, 1967 Divorced in 1976

Nicholas Pileggi Actor

Husband
Married March 28, 1987 until her death June 26, 2012

EDUCATION

Wellesley College

Wellesley , Massachusetts 1962

Milestones

2010

Published the collection of essays titled I Remember Nothing: And other Reflections

2009

Re-teamed with star Meryl Streep to direct "Julie & Julia"; also produced and penned the screenplay adaptation of Julie Powell's book about cooking 524 recipes from Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking

2006

Wrote the book I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

2005

Directed the big screen adaptation of the 1960s classic TV series "Bewitched," starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell; also produced and co-wrote with sister Delia

2002

Scripted first play "Imaginary Friends," about the relationship between writers Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy; first premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA before moving to Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre

2000

Produced and co-wrote screenplay (with sister Delia) for "Hanging Up"; film directed by Diane Keaton, who also co-starred with Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow

1998

Re-teamed with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan for romantic comedy "You've Got Mail"; co-wrote screenplay with sister Delia

1996

Produced and directed the comedy "Michael," starring John Travolta; also co-wrote with sister Delia

1994

Directed the critically panned "Mixed Nuts"; re-teamed with sister Delia to write the screenplay

1993

Re-teamed with Meg Ryan to direct her and Tom Hanks in the hit romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle"; also co-wrote, earning third Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination

1992

Played a dinner party guest in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives"

1992

Made feature directorial debut with "This Is My Life"; also co-wrote with sister Delia Ephron

1989

Garnered second Academy Award nomination for writing "When Harry Met Sally..."; film directed by Rob Reiner, and co-starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan

1989

Made a cameo as a wedding guest in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors"

1986

Penned screenplay adaptation of "Heartburn," directed by Nichols, and starring Streep and Jack Nicholson

1983

Published first novel Heartburn, which was loosely based on the break-up of her second marriage to Carl Bernstein

1983

Co-wrote first screenplay "Silkwood," directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep; earned first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1978

Wrote the CBS movie "Perfect Gentlemen," starring Lauren Bacall

1975

Published second collection of essays Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women

1974

Promoted to senior editor at Esquire

1973

Named contributing editor at New York magazine

1973

Wrote for the short-lived ABC sitcom "Adam's Rib"

1972

Named a columnist and contributing editor at Esquire magazine

1969

Published first collection of essays Wallflower at the Orgy

1963

"Take Her, She's Mine" adapted into a feature film starring James Stewart and Sandra Dee

1963

Hired as reporter for the New York Post; also worked as freelance writer, contributing to such publications as The New York Times Magazine and Good Housekeeping

1961

Parents Henry and Phoebe Ephron reportedly used her college letters to home as the inspiration for the 1961 Broadway hit "Take Her, She's Mine"

1943

Moved with parents to Beverly Hills, CA at age three

Bonus Trivia

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"The hugest smile I ever saw was when Nora said 'Action!' for the first time. It was a smile of complete pleasure. She loves to be able to control things. Francis Coppola said that being a director is one of the last dictatorships you can have in an increasingly democratic world. Without being a dictator in the evil sense of the word, Nora is, in a positive sense. I think Nora was born to direct." – Julie Kavner on Ephron's directorial debut "This Is My Life," quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, February 1992

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"All of movie making consists of making a choice about one detail after another. But in the end the details don't matter. That's the really shocking thing." – Ephron quoted in The New York Times, April 10, 1994

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"Question: As a child, did you crave to be a screenwriter and director?"Answer: No, I craved to be a journalist. My parents were terrific screenwriters and that's why I didn't want to be one. I mean, who wants to do what your parents do? My parents did have some influence on my choice of career. My parents were writers. I wanted to be a writer. I just didn't want to have anything to do with the movie business. I didn't want to live 'out there.' I grew up 'out there.' And I thought in order to be in the movie business, you had to live 'out there.' And it turns out you don't. It turns out you can be in New York and be in the movie business." – Ephron in The Hollywood Reporter, June 11, 1996

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"When I started out writing screenplays, it was during a period of time when anyone who could type was writing them. I already knew how to do journalism with my hands tied behind my back. Suddenly, I was doing something that I didn't know much about and it was very interesting." – Ephron quoted in the Daily Variety, Oct. 21, 1996

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"Look, people can be whatever they want to be in Hollywood. They can be complete babies and do brilliantly or they can be fascists and do brilliantly. But I have found it very useful not to let a lot of things bother me, because you eventually learn that most of them get sorted out, and if you react to every little thing, you could go crazy in the movie business." – Ephron in the 1996 special "Women in Film" issue of Premiere magazine

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Ephron produced "New York Tribute," a film of collected clips from New York movies for the 2002 Academy Awards.

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