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.

MAKERS Profile

Nora Ephron

Writer & Director

More From Nora

In this video

Tagged as

Nora Ephron on covering the women's movement, how her life has inspired her art, and the evolution of women in Hollywood.

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

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
First Woman Variety Show Host

A child of Hollywood, but not of means, Carol Burnett had to fight her way into the playwright program at UCLA. An acting class was a requirement and Burnett would always remember ...

Michelle Rhee
Michelle Rhee
Education Reformer

The daughter of South Korean émigrés, and herself educated for a year in her parents’ homeland, Michelle Rhee graduated from Cornell before landing in the princ...

Shelly Lazarus
Shelly Lazarus
Pioneering Advertising Executive

In her 40-plus years at Ogilvy & Mather, Shelly Lazarus went from frequently being the only woman in the room, to being the woman running the show at the global advertising gia...

Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Our Bodies, Ourselves

The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (now known as Our Bodies Ourselves) is the non-profit responsible for Our Bodies, Ourselves, the revolutionary women's health an...