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Ephron tells why she moved from writing scripts to directing hit movies, and how it took another woman giving her a shot.

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// 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. 

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