R.I.P. Nora Ephron

This sucks. Writer/director/rom-com revolutionary Nora Ephron passed away yesterday from pneumonia stemming fromĀ acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71. A few years ago, when The Guardian asked her how she’d liked to be remembered, she answered, “As the greatest nightclub singer ever.” So be it. Likely she’ll be remembered as the writer and director of many movies that changed the romantic comedy genre and comedy in general. Personally, she wrote my favorite movie ever, When Harry Mat Sally, a film that influenced everything that came after it. Her writing was so sharp, so honest, SO funny. She also seemed like a really cool woman. She was the greatest nightclub singer ever.

Below watch the time she was awesome on The Colbert Report in 2006 and read the list she wrote in her last book, I Remember Nothing, of things she won’t and will miss. She will be missed.


What I Won’t Miss

Dry skin
Bad dinners like the one we went to last night
Technology in general
My closet
Washing my hair
Illness everywhere
Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism
Fox TV
The collapse of the dollar
Bar mitzvahs
Dead flowers
The sound of the vacuum cleaner
E-mail. I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it.
Small print
Panels on Women in Film
Taking off makeup every night


What I Will Miss

My kids
The concept of waffles
A walk in the park
The idea of a walk in the park
The park
Shakespeare in the Park
The bed
Reading in bed
The view out the window
Twinkle lights
Dinner at home just the two of us
Dinner with friends
Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives
Next year in Istanbul
Pride and Prejudice
The Christmas tree
Thanksgiving dinner
One for the table
The dogwood
Taking a bath
Coming over the bridge to Manhattan




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