‘When Harry Met Sally’ writer Nora Ephron dies at 71

Nora Ephron Dead

Oscar-nominated writer Nora Ephron, who wrote the screenplays for romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail, passed away Tuesday night in New York City at the age of 71.

The cause of death was pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia. In a statement to CNN, Ephron’s book publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, said: “She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy. She will be sorely missed.”

Ephron was an outstanding journalist in her 20s and 30s, then a best-selling author and notable filmmaker. She was one of the first women to write and direct her own movies.  Her last film was Julie & Julia, and in the twilight of her life, she had even become something of a philosopher.

“I am very sad to learn of Nora’s passing,” said actor Billy Crystal. “She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.”

Rest in peace, Nora. The literary world will never be the same.