Author & director Nora Ephron died in Manhattan Tuesday from leukemia at age 71. If you have ever seen the movie "When Harry Met Sally", you remember Meg Ryan's fake orgasm in the New York deli. Brutally honest, romantic, not to mention hilarious, that film made writer Ephron a hot commodity in Hollywood.
In the late '80s and '90s, she practically cornered the rom-com market with films like that one, "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail," not to mention turning Ryan into a huge star.
Nominated for three Oscars, Ephron was often called the most successful "female" director, a title she hated.
"I think that it's a way of marginalizing you if they say that you're a successful 'woman' director," said Ephron back in 2009. "The truth is I've had some success in the movie business. I'm a successful 'director.'"
Not always so serious, Ephron worked with Meryl Streep three times, including the films "Silkwood," "Julie & Julia" and "Heartburn" (based on Nora's own divorce).
The director said of the actress, "I highly recommend having Meryl Streep play you. If your husband is cheating on you with a carhop, get Meryl to play you. You will feel much better."Biting truth, a wicked sense of humor and stories that could break your heart-- Nora Ephron was a true original in Hollywood... something we don't see very often anymore.