Women's Corner Presents Nora Ephron
Part One: Screenwriter, journalist, and director, Nora Ephron
Women.com Presents: Women's Corner Featuring Nora Ephron
You may not know her name, but you know her work. From Sleepless in Seattle to When Harry Met Sally, Nora Ephron was a writer that shaped female storytelling. In this week’s spotlight, we dive into the enigma that is Nora Ephron.
Nora Ephron's Screenwriting Family
Nora Ephron was born on May 19th, 1941, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her parents, Henry Ephron and Phoebe Wolkind were Hollywood screenwriters. They wrote movies such as, “Carousel”, “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Captain Newman, M.D”.
At age 4, her family moved from New York City to Beverly Hills. Upon graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1958, Ephron attended Wellesley College where she wrote for the school paper. Her writing got her an internship at the Kennedy White House. Reflecting back on that time of her life, Ephron claimed she was probably the only intern President Kennedy had never hit on.
Working Her Way Up The Corporate Ladder
Upon graduating college in 1962, Ephron moved to New York City. Having adored the city, she moved with hopes of becoming a journalist. She landed a job at Newsweek as a mail girl, the only job opening for women at the time she worked her way up.
Eventually, the female employees would go on strike due in part to the unfair wages directed at women in the workplace. With downtime, Ephron wrote a satirical New York Post piece. After seeing the parody, a publisher at The Post, Dorothy Schiff hired her.
Nora Ephron worked at The Post for five years where she covered topics from The Beatles to Coney Island aquarium seals who refused to mate. “The Post was a terrible newspaper in the era I worked there,” Ephron remembered but she used her experience to leverage herself into a new career.
Check back in tomorrow for part two of Women’s Corner on Nora Ephron.
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