Women's Corner Presents Nora Ephron Part Three


Part Three: Queen of the Romcom.

Women.com Presents: Women's Corner Featuring Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron broke into Hollywood like most people do; working her way up and through her personal connections. After her movie, "Heartburn" starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson hit theaters, she was finally on the radar.


I'll Have What She's Having

Director, Rob Reiner known for his many films like Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, and Misery. The two met and decided to collaborate on a little film called When Harry Met Sally. Reiner was to direct and Ephron was the screenwriter. The two created such a wonderful friendship that the movie morphed into their two lives. Sally was inspired by a lot of Eprhon's quirks and Harry emerged from Reiner's status.

Reiner remembers, "I think the reason why When Harry Met Sally works is that there’s a lot of Nora in Sally. It was an idea I had based on the fact that I had been single for 10 years and making a mess of my single life, and started thinking about how men dated and whether sex gets in the way of a friendship. I started talking to Nora about it and she said, “There’s definitely a film in this.” I knew I needed to have a woman’s voice, and I was lucky enough to pick the smartest, funniest woman on the planet".


Sleepless, Mail, And Meg Ryan

Ephron would earn another Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay thanks to "When Harry Met Sally". She would go on to write "Sleepless in Seattle", and "You've Got Mail" both starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Her success with these movies would give her the nickname "Queen of the Romcom". Ryan and Ephron became fast friends. Ephron had a love for food. Often her movies showcased a cooking scene in thanks to Ephron's desire to host. Later, Ryan would describe Ephron's parties stating, "Those are the nights -- you just don't want them to end".

Ephron would continue to write screenplays and eventually she stepped behind the camera. Her resume continues with movies like, Bewitched, Hanging Up, and Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep.


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