According to moviefone, Nora Ephron has passed away.
Ephron began her career as a reporter for the New York Post, and later went on to pen essays for Esquire and New York magazines. She would get her first taste at screenwriting in the mid-1970s, when she ended up rewriting William Goldman’s script for “All the President’s Men” (Ephron’s husband at the time was Carl Bernstein, whose Nixon Watergate scoop was the film’s inspiration). The screenplay never ended up being used, but, as Ephron later told the Guardian, “It was a great way to learn, because Goldman was such a great screenwriter that just typing his stage directions taught me a huge amount.”
I actually studied “All the President’s Men” in a film course in college and I never knew this.
And I loved “Julie and Julia.”
Here’s what Liz Smith said,
“[Nora] seemed never to want or expect anything, while always demanding the best from the rest of us. She was — always — right and somehow left the smartest, most ambitious and silliest of us in the dust at her feet.”