Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.


Red Coats & Round Tables

Red Coats & Round Tables

More From Nora

In this video

Tagged as

Ephron shares her favorite advice she's collected over the years.

Nora's Biography

// Nora Ephron passed away at the age of 71 on June 26, 2012. Prior to her passing, she spoke with the MAKERS project about her illustrious career as a writer and filmmaker. //

Nora Ephron is a best-selling writer, director, and producer. Born in 1941 in New York City, and raised in Beverly Hills, Ephron was the daughter of screenwriters, Henry and Phoebe Ephron. After Ephron graduated from Wellesley College in 1962, she moved back to New York City, taking a job as a mail girl at Newsweek.
When New York City's newspapers suspended publication during the International Typographical Union strike, Ephron and friends began a satirical newspaper. Her parodies of the New York Post came to the attention of the Post's publisher, Dorothy Schiff, who decided to hire the young Ephron as a reporter.
Ephron's career as a journalist spanned many years and publications. While working for the Post, she began writing essays occasionally for New YorkEsquire, and The New York Times Magazine. Known for her satirical and witty essays, she became a figure of the "New Journalism" movement of the 1960s.
Her career as a screenwriter began with a television movie titled Adam's Rib (1973). She went on to write, direct and produce 15 films, but she is best known for her romantic comedies, such as When Harry Met Sally (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Her most recent film, Julie & Julia, was released in 2009 to rave reviews. 

Related Videos

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Crusader For Women

Wellesley College seniors had never before chosen a commencement speaker from their own ranks when Hillary Rodham stepped to the podium on the last day of May in 1969. Education, s...

Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch

Born and raised in Dolton, Illinois, Jane Lynch is a multi-talented, lifelong performer. The singer, actor and comedian received her BA in theater from Illinois State University an...

Cherríe Moraga
Cherríe Moraga
Writer & Playwright

Cherríe Moraga is a playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition for her unique and personal perspective as a Chicana/Anglo...

Kelly Clark
Kelly Clark
Olympic Snowboarder

Kelly Clark is a two-time Olympic medalist. She won the gold in 2002 and the bronze in 2010. A trailblazer in women's snowboarding, Clark has upped the game for her sport, push...