Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

She wrote some of the most wonderful lines in movie history.

When Harry Met Sally

I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.  You're the worst kind; you're high maintenance but you think you're low maintenance.

 

She was the daughter of screenwriters.  She and her sister collaborated on their own movies.  She wrote about family and friends and loyalty and rivalry.  But most of all, she wrote about love.  Usually a love that started quietly and sweetly and survived a few rough times.  Sometimes she wrote about a love that was ending.

 

Sleepless in Seattle

Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.

It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic.

 

Nora Ephron changed the way Hollywood looked at romance and romantic comedies.  Before Ephron, most romantic comedies were about couples who fell hard for each other and were kept apart by others or disagreements or misunderstandings.  Ephron gave us couples who were more like us.  Couples who discovered friendship first.  Couples who expressed doubts and fears and insecurities when it came to love.  Couples who fell in love even as we fell in love with them.


You’ve Got Mail

The Godfather is the I-ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? "Leave the gun, take the cannoli." What day of the week is it? "Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday."

People are always saying that change is a good thing. But all they're really saying is that something you didn't want to happen at all... has happened.

 

Nora Ephron’s passing reminds us that the romantic comedy can be more than double entendres and slapstick.  It can be worthy of being called a classic.  She was a woman born to tell the story of life, whether her own (Heartburn; I Remember Nothing) or the wonderful characters she created.  I’m glad she shared those stories with us.