Legendary Hollywood screenwriter and director Nora Ephron has died at the age of 71.
Speculation about Ephron’s ill health hit the Internet earlier this week, with some reports suggesting she had been battling cancer, and Hollywood gossip columnist Liz Smith revealed her family members were planning her funeral. Now, Ephron has lost her fight for life.
Ephron is best known for her screenwriting and directing work on some of Hollywood’s most famous romantic comedies. She was the woman behind When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.
In recent years Nora Ephron branched out into theatre. Her play Imaginary Friends, which explored the rivalry between writers Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, was a hit in 2002 and her co-authored production Love, Loss, and What I Wore was a sell-out in Canada, New York and California following its debut in 2008. Ephron’s frecent film projects have included 2005′s Bewitched and Julie & Julia in 2009.
Nora Ephron is survived by her third husband, screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi, who she married in 1987, and sons Jacob and Max. It’s so sad to lose this Hollywood treasure.