Nora Ephron (b. 1941)

American journalist, director, and screenwriter. Born in New York City, Ephron grew up in Beverly Hills, California, the daughter of two screenwriters. Soon after graduating from Wellesley College in 1962, she began writing for the New York Post, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, and New York magazine. In the mid-1970s she turned from journalism to screenplays and has since been nominated for three Academy Awards for best original screenplay, for Silkwood (1983), When Harry Met Sally (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). In the 1990s she began directing films, including You’ve Got Mail (1998), Lucky Numbers (2000), and Julie & Julia (2009). Her books include the novel Heartburn (1996) and the essay collections Wallflower at the Orgy (1970), Crazy Salad (1975), Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media (1978), and I Feel Bad About My Neck (2006). See also