Nora Ephron has sadly passed away this week, and we're reflecting on the talented woman's contributions to film. The writer and director is responsible for so many memorable romantic comedies, but there are a few lines of dialogue that stand out the most. From the romantic to the inspiring to the downright hilarious, click through to see our favorite lines from Ephron's pen.
One of Hollywood's most famous female filmmakers, Nora Ephron, has passed away. We're taking a look as the stars who loved her share their condolences, plus some of her most popular films — do you have a favorite? It's in today's PopSugar Rush.
Nora Ephron penned countless screenplays, including When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, and most recently wrote and directed Julie & Julia. She also wrote about being a woman and the challenges of swimsuit season. Ephron passed away today from pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia. We will miss her pointed humor and wonderful films.
To celebrate her life and remind ourselves that youth is fleeting, here is a quote from her 2006 book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Reflections on Being a Woman. We hope it inspires you to celebrate your Summer.
"If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're 34."
The only advice we'd like to add? Don't forget your sunscreen!
RIP Nora Ephron. The iconic writer and director died today at 71, but her legacy will live on in her classic films, including When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail. Born in New York and brought up in Beverly Hills, Nora first started her career in journalism before she followed in her parents' footsteps with screenwriting. She also published work on the female experience, including the essay A Few Words About Breasts and her 2006 book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman. Considering that her writing struck a cord with audiences, Nora's musings off screen were unsurprisingly entertaining and enlightening. To celebrate her life, let's look back at some of her thought-provoking — and funny — quotes through the years.
Reese Witherspoon scored her first Oscar playing June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, and now she's taking on another iconic singer. Witherspoon is putting together a biopic of Peggy Lee, a jazz/pop singer who rose to fame in the 1940s. Witherspoon will also produce the film, and she's got Nora Ephron on board to write and direct.
Ephron may be better known for romantic comedies like You've Got Mail, but she's fresh off making Julie & Julia, which gives me hope that she can get a performance from Witherspoon that rivals Meryl Streep's. What say you — can Witherspoon pull off yet another famous songbird?
Maggie Gyllenhaal joined fellow Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe last night for a cocktail party thrown by the USA Network in NYC. It was a reception held for their annual Character Approved Awards, which honored director Nora Ephron, designer Narcisco Rodriguez, and many more. Maggie and Gabourey have been together on lots of red carpets so far this award season, as they make the rounds supporting Crazy Heart and Precious, respectively. They were both decked out for this month's Academy Awards luncheon, and they'll be side by side on March 7 when the big day finally arrives — before then, make sure to fill our your ballot!
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"The desire to get married, which — I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women — is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge — which is to be single again."
Julie and Julia director Nora Ephron explains her views on marriage. Her new film is based on the memoir by Julie Powell and tells the story of a woman who cooked and blogged her way through Julia Child's classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julie and Julia stars Meryl Streep as the magnificent Julia Child and opens in theaters this Friday.
Currently working the publicity circuit for her new movie, Julie & Julia, writer Nora Ephron was quoted in a piece for Parenting about how having children affected her marriage.
The mother of two sons once said:
When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage, and when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was.
Did you and your spouse endure this after entering parenthood?
"Horses, horses, horses, horses. . . ."
I hope one of the songs in the Sleepless in Seattle Broadway musical begins like that, patterned after Meg Ryan's little moment singing along to the holiday tune in her car. According to Variety, the script for Sleepless in Seattle — The Musical is about half finished, and about 18 songs have been written. The article notes, "Sticking to plot of the Sleepless pic, the new tuner follows a cross-country romance arranged by a young boy for his widowed father. Storyline will remain set in the early 1990s."
I'm glad to hear that, since I think part of the movie's greatness is that it's so quintessentially '90s — back before Internet dating made it not so unusual at all to find love 3,000 miles away (actually, before the Internet made it much easier to find people in general) and before acronyms (like Jessica's MFEO = Made For Each Other) were commonly used as text message communication. I'm not going to lie, I'll probably see this production, just to find out how on earth they do it.
What do you think? And what are some suggestions for musical numbers to include in the stage musical? Would you want to see it?
Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!
I hope you're in a romantic mood because this week I've set my sights on a great romcom: Sleepless in Seattle. The movie was, as you probably remember, a big hit featuring box office stars Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks (who managed to have a lot of chemistry despite spending about five minutes on screen together). I have a special place in my heart for this movie and for the film's writer/director Nora Ephron.
If you could recast this film today, who would you pick for the two romantic leads? Remember, Tom Hanks' widowed character Sam Baldwin is old enough to have a school-aged son and Meg Ryan's Annie Reed is an accomplished journalist engaged to be married. Who would be Annie's quick-witted BFF Becky, originally played by Rosie O'Donnell? And then there are the two little ones: What little boy could you see as Sam's son Jonah and his acronym-slinging pal Jessica, played by Gabby Hoffmann? If you'd like to recast Annie's nerdy fiance Walter (Bill Pullman), as well as Sam's best friends Greg (Victor Garber) and Suzy (Rita Wilson), go for it.
Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, May 13, complete with a "new" cast photo.
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