Nora Ephron, 1941-2012

Now I will really miss her.

From the New York Times obit:

The producer Scott Rudin recalled that less than two weeks before her death, he had a long phone session with her from the hospital while she was undergoing treatment, going over notes for a pilot she was writing for a TV series about a bank compliance officer. Afterward she told him, “If I could just get a hairdresser in here, we could have a meeting.”

Ms. Ephron’s collection “I Remember Nothing” concludes with two lists, one of things she says she won’t miss and one of things she will. Among the “won’t miss” items are dry skin, Clarence Thomas, the sound of the vacuum cleaner, and panels on “Women in Film.” The other list, of the things she will miss, begins with “my kids” and “Nick” and ends this way:

“Taking a bath

Coming over the bridge to Manhattan



8 thoughts on “Nora Ephron, 1941-2012

  1. Notorious: that part of the quotation was chosen especially for you, because I thought you would enjoy that!

    (Not that it looks like you’re eating a lot of pie these days, to be sure.)


  2. I still remember reading _Crazy Salad_ in the crazed salad days of grad school in the ’70s, and not because it was on anybody’s comps list either. I never much got into the movie part, though. Even when I went to them–usually at the behest of friends–I didn’t really know who was *in* them, much less who was *behind* them. That said, maybe I should try a screenplay, or at least a treatment. Take a meeting or two. See what happens.


  3. I read and re-read “Crazy Salad” as an early adolescent, and have followed Ephron’s writing since (not so much her movies). Her words had a formative effect on my thinking and writing that I couldn’t begin to articulate. What a loss!


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