Nora Ephron, 1941 - 2012

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Born: 19 May 1941, New York City
Died: 26 June 2012, New York City

Nora Ephron's parents were both screen writers. The family moved to Beverly Hills in 1945 and Nora graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1958. While at Wellesley she was an intern in the Kennedy White House, her mother made Nora into a character in a play and movie, Take Her, She's Mine, Nora graduated in 1962. During a newspaper strike that year she contributed parodies of The New York Post to a strike paper, the Post was impressed by the effort and she worked there for five years. Nora and all three sisters became writers, she's written numerous essays but is best known for writing and directing fifteen films. Her first was Silkwood (1983), her last was Julie & Julia (2009), both of which starred her friend Meryl Streep. Her second marriage was to Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame, after the bitter separation she wrote the novel and screenplay for Heartbreak. She was able to identify Mark Felt as "Deep Throat" and routinely told anyone who asked, somehow the media didn't believe her. She was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a precursor to leukemia, several years before her death but chose to keep that private. The cancer progressed and she had been in hospital for at least two weeks when she died from pneumonia, described as a complication of acute myeloid leukemia.

Biography from Wikipedia and The New York Times obituary

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