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Remembering Nora Ephron: Writers and Friends on Her Legacy

Writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, who wrote classics like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, died Tuesday night. Stephen Schiff, Joan Juliet Buck, and more remember her legacy.

06.27.12 2:11 PM ET

Rob Reiner Remembers Nora Ephron, the Sally to His Harry

by Rob Reiner

Filmmaker Rob Reiner worked with Nora Ephron on the classic film ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ The director and friend shares his favorite memories of working with Ephron on the film, and the great times they shared off-set.

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Stars and Friends Remember Nora Ephron

Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Tom Hanks, and other stars and friends remember writer, filmmaker, and humorist Nora Ephron, who died at 71.

“I am very sad to learn of Nora’s passing. She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.”

—Billy Crystal

“Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her.”

—Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

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Intimidated by Nora

By Joan Juliet Buck

Nora Ephron managed to state truths no one else had seen, never stopped writing and creating—and had a real life. Joan Juliet Buck on being paralyzed by admiration and finally working with her icon on Julie & Julia.

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A Filmmaker With a Voice

By Kate Aurthur

Ephron was once an essayist and became an accomplished filmmaker, especially of romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle, which solidified her voice. Kate Aurthur celebrates the writer and director’s work, from You’ve Got Mail to Silkwood to Heartburn.

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She Never Stopped

By Nancy Hass

The famed writer, filmmaker, and humorist Nora Ephron passed away after battling leukemia. Nancy Hass reports on her private final days and speaks to friends about what made her such an icon—and such a lively presence.

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Our Dorothy Parker

By Stephen Schiff

Nora Ephron was our Dorothy Parker but so much more, writes screenwriter and friend Stephen Schiff. He salutes her wonderful films, impeccable taste, and versatile strength to the end.

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Nora Ephron’s Best Quotes

By Jimmy So

She was one of our wittiest writers, in any form, and she’s perhaps best appreciated in her sly, wisely original lines—they are works of beautiful brevity. Here are some of her best.

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‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and More Movie Hits

By Alex Berg

From the iconic orgasm in ‘When Harry Met Sally’ to the romantic Empire State rendezvous in ‘Sleepless in Seattle,’ a look back at Ephron’s stellar career.

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