|REMEMBERING NORA EPHRON.
The Osgood File. Sponsored in part by AJC. This is Charles Osgood.
Writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, who has died of leukemia at the age of 71, was an amazingly gifted person - ask anyone who knew her.
And she knew everybody, by the way. I don't mean just the celebrated of New York, Hollywood, Washington. She knew regular people - "civilians," as she called the rest of us.
She knew us so well she could capture us and touch us with her work. Says critic Jeffrey Lyons...
SOT - Jeffrey Lyons, movie critic
"She was a great screenwriter - with movies like 'When Harry Met Sally' and 'Silkwood' and 'Julie and Julia' and 'Sleepless in Seattle.' She left an indelible mark - she was a woman of her time. She made movies that made you think." (:13)
Yes - and laugh and cry, too.
More about Nora Ephron after this from David Harris of AJC...
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This is what Sally Quinn - the author, journalist and friend of Nora Ephron - says about her.
SOT - Sally Quinn, author / journalist / friend
"Nora was one of the most extraordinary people I've ever met. She was brilliant and clever and funny and wonderful - and a huge talent. She was really a very sentimental person underneath it all - and I think that's a side of her that most people didn't see." (:15)
Remember the sentimental words Nora Ephron wrote for Tom Hanks to say in "Sleepless in Seattle"?
NAT - Tom Hanks in "Sleepless in Seattle"
"You don't know Victoria. I hardly know her myself. She's, in fact, a mystery to me. She tosses her hair a lot - why does she do this? I have no idea. Is it a twitch? Does she need a haircut? Should she use a barrette to keep her hair out of her face? These are things I'm willing to get to the bottom of." (:17)
Nora had the recipe for getting to the bottom of things - that's why she loved making "Julie and Julia."
As Nora told us...
SOT - Nora Ephron, writer-filmmaker - interviewed in 2009
"That's one of the great things about cooking - it's one of the joys of cooking - is that in a world where nothing is sure, you know that if you cook things a certain way, they'll turn out - and you'll have a pie at the end of it." (:14)
Thank you, Nora Ephron - for the delicious pie you made for us all.
The Osgood File. Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network.