woman: don't you just hate flying?
annie: yes, i do. and i just told the most terrible one to the man i'm about to marry. do you feel that any lie is a betrayal?
woman looks at annie.
woman: i said 'flying.'
if you've seen 'sleepless in seattle,' you know that scene and many more. it's a very funny movie, 1 nora ephron directed.
annie was, of course, played by meg ryan. no 1 brought nora's women to life like meg.
and now nora ephron is dead. she died today
adam bernstein (washington post) writes:
Nora Ephron, who gained a devoted following for her perceptive, deeply personal essays and parlayed that renown into a screenwriting career of wistful romantic comedies such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “You’ve Got Mail,” the marital exposé“Heartburn” and the whistleblower drama “Silkwood,” died June 26 at a hospital in New York. She was 71.
The death was confirmed by her friend Richard Cohen, a Washington Post columnist. She died of complications from the blood disorder myelodysplasia, which was diagnosed six years ago.
nora was a director. that's how she should be remembered.
that she was a writer - a damn good 1 - was no surprise. her parents were writers as well (among other things, they wrote the script to katharine hepburn's 'desk set'). she matched them by becoming a successful screenwriter. but parents want their kids to do better than they did and nora did. she became a director. there's no post with more prestige in films.
she was 1 of the first women to cross the $100,000,000 box office mark (she did so after penny marshall did). and she directed 8 films. that's huge for a woman.
especially when they were all studio films.
few women could claim that. even now.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'