Celebrated writer and director Nora Ephron died Tuesday night at the age of 71. The cause of death was cited as pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia.
Although Ephron was not religious she was born into a Jewish family. The eldest of four daughters, all of whom are writers, she eventually became an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director known for such movies as "Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally" and "You've Got Mail." The New York Times has a wonderful write up about her titled "Writer and Filmmaker with a Genius for Humor," which you can find on their website. My favorite part of the article is the conclusion, which reads:
"Ms. Ephron's collection 'I Remember Nothing' concludes with two lists, one of things she says she won't miss and one of things she will. Among the 'won't miss' items are dry skin, Clarence Thomas, the sound of the vacuum cleaner, and panels on 'Women in Film.' The other list, of the things she will miss, begins with 'my kids' and 'Nick' and ends this way:
'Taking a bath
Coming over the bridge to Manhattan