One of my favorite screenwriters. Responsible for writing the greatest fake orgasm in movie history, followed by probably the greatest quote: "I'll have what she's having." I'll miss you. Rest in peace.
My Blue Heaven is one of my favorites!
A Participant says:
So ... You were gonna be a gymnast?
A journalist ...
Right, thats what I said
damn, I want some key lime pie now.
Nora Ephron dead at 71
'She was one of the first women to write and direct her own films, including "Sleepless in Seattle."'
Hardly one of the first woman writers -- many of the early screenwriters (including Anita Loos) were women. Also, there were much earlier women directors. Perhaps she was one of the first to write AND direct?
Alice Guy-Blaché made the very first narrative film La Fée aux Choux in 1896. More than 700 films followed, working in France and the U.S.  Lois Weber was among the most successful film directors of the silent era. Actresses like Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, and others were the stars. Women screenwriters were highly sought after including Frances Marion, Anita Loos, and June Mathis. June Mathis was the first female executive in Hollywood and produced and wrote several silent films.
In the twenties large banks had assumed control of Hollywood production companies. Production supervisors began to standardize film making. The introduction of sound demanded new investments which further increased the control of the banks. In 1929 Hollywood accepted a list of taboos which was later to become the Hays Code. Any unconventional film maker had a hard time. Women film makers could afford economic failures even less. Dorothy Arzner was the only women film maker to survive in this unfriendly environment. She did so by producing well made but formally rather conventional films. Nevertheless, she succeeded in smuggling in feminist elements into her films"
"What actors do to make a scene work is never in the script."
all come to mind as female writer/directors that came before Nora.