Nora Ephron Passes at Age 71


Jun 27, 2012

Nora Ephron Passes at Age 71

Nora Ephron passed away on June 26, 2012 at the age of 71. Late last year, the MAKERS project was fortunate to be able to speak with Ms. Ephron, and captured the magnificent story of a woman with a lasting legacy. With the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved MAKER and groundbreaker, Nora Ephron, we take a look back on some of the special memories and quotes that made her so unique.

Throughout the day, we'll be collecting the best quotes and articles, to highlight Nora Ephron's lasting legacy. Check back for more throughout the day.

As a writer, Nora Ephron certainly had a way with words. Here are our favorite Ephron quotes:

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." - Nora Ephron at the 1996 Wellesley Commencement Address
"I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive." - Nora Ephron
"I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are." - Nora Ephron
"If I went to my mother with some tragic story of how I wasn't invited to someone's birthday party...her response would be, 'one day this will be funny, and you will write about it.'" - Nora Ephron on her mother in an interview given to
"I'm really not interested in women as victims. Look at me, I get the last laugh 'cause I get to be funny about it." - Nora Ephron on writing Heartburn (1986) in an interview given to
"Your children remember only 2 things: when you weren't there, and when they threw up." - Nora Ephron on her children in an interview given to

We've also collected some of the best tributes to Nora Ephron on the web. Included in this roundup, is one of her more memorable essays to remind us that her writings will allow the world to revisit her life again-and-again, through her eyes and her voice.

Arianna Huffington Remembers Her Friend Nora Ephron

"She was as talented at friendship as she was at everything else she tried." - Arianna Huffington [Heartbroken in Manhattan: Remembering Nora Ephron - The Huffington Post]

Vanity Fair Features Ephron's Most Memorable Film Scenes

Vanity Fair shares some of the best scenes in Nora's canon of works. One example is her wonderful Sleepless in Seattle - a warm homage to Ernst Lubitsch's romantic comedy, The Shop Around the Corner (1940). [In Memory of Nora Ephron: Her Most Memorable Film Scenes - Vanity Fair]

Lisa Belkin on What Ephron Changed For Women

"She laughed, loudly, at the thinking that women weren't supposed to be funny, and that they were supposed to stay quiet -- paving the way for Tina Fey and Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling and just about every woman who has made you chuckle lately." - Lisa Belkin [Nora Ephron: What She Changed For Women - The Huffington Post]

What Nora Ephron Will and Won't Miss

Lists of Note published two lists written by Nora Ephron in her 2010 book I Remember Nothing. Ephron included two lists titled, "What I Won't Miss," and "What I Will Miss." If we wrote the same, Nora Ephron would definitely be at the top of the latter. [What I Won't and Will Miss - Lists of Note]

Nora Ephron on Her Life as an Heiress

In 2010, Nora Ephron wrote an essay for the New Yorker titled "My Life as an Heiress: A will that wouldn't." She wrote playfully, narrating an anecdote involving a nebulous inheritance and a family trying to hold on, desperately, to each other. [My Life as an Heiress - The New Yorker]

Today, MAKERS will dedicate all of our tweets and Facebook posts in Nora's honor.

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