Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Nora Ephron 1941-2012


We had intended to post
a - hopefully-  Nora Ephron-like piece today on why we felt bad about our hair, but our thoughts  on Jungle Red run much deeper today.

Nora Ephron, filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, essayist and beloved sister of Hallie has passed away.

She was glamorous, brilliant, and funny and her observations on everything from breasts to her neck (which she felt bad about)  made us laugh and made us feel good about ours.

I didn't realize it at the time but I wanted to be her when I saw Sandra Dee in the movie Take Her, She's Mine, which Nora's parents wrote based on her letters from college and we all wanted to have what Meg Ryan was having in When Harry Met Sally. From Silkwood to Heartburn to Sleepless in Seattle Nora Ephron created characters that will stay with us forever.
Rest in peace.

57 comments:

Desert Songbird said...

RIP, Nora. Thanks for making us laugh and for making us think.

Deepest condolences to the Ephron family.

Joan Emerson said...

The world is a little brighter for having had Nora in it. She made us smile, made us laugh, made us treasure the uniqueness that is in each of us. She will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Hallie and the Ephron family.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for this terrible loss. My thoughts are with you Hallie.
Mary Moody

Jeff Cohen said...

My sincere condolences to Hallie and her family. It's a huge loss.

Edith Maxwell said...

You can picture all of your JungleRed friends in a big circle around you, Hallie, sending you love and holding you up in your sorrow. What a special sister you had.

Dru said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you Hallie.

paulabuck said...

I am so sorry for this loss. My thoughts are with you and your family, Hallie.

Ramona said...

A sad day. Heartfelt condolences, Hallie.

Jerry House said...

My thoughts and prayers go out Hallie, the family, and to all of the many people Nora has touched with her warmth, her humor, and her humanity.

Mar (aka mar annabelle jacob) said...

Hallie

You, your family are in my thoughts and prayers

Praying that Nora is at peace

Mar

Anonymous said...

What a sad loss, and because Nora gave us all so much joy we join you in a small part of your sorrow, Hallie. Holding you in my heart today.

Deb Romano said...

Hallie...You and your entire family have given us so much pleasure. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time..

Deb Romano

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Yup.

Deb said...

Our thoughts are with you and all your family, Hallie, and we share the sorrow of everyone to whom Nora gave so much wisdom and laughter.

Deb said...

Our thoughts are with you and all your family, Hallie, and we share the sorrow of everyone to whom Nora gave so much wisdom and laughter.

Terri Thayer said...

Hallid, my deepest condolences. I will miss your sister's unique voice. What a joy she was and I know you will miss her.

Silver James said...

I awoke to the news and my heart goes out to you, Hallie, and to your whole family. Nora's wit and wisdom will live on in the collective memory of this world and in the far more personal memories of her family. May she have peace from her struggles and may the rest of you find your own peace at her passing.

Kaye Barley said...

Sending warm thoughts, Hallie.

Ramona said...

PS - I just walked into my county library. At the first stack end cap is a sign "Remembering Nora Ephron" and a display of her books.

Rhys Bowen said...

Hallie, what a terrible shock. Sending you my deepest sympathy and a big hug.
Nora was unique-a leading voice in the movie industry, a leading light in a man's world. How I will miss those witty, moving movies.

Kelly Saderholm said...

I am so sorry to hear this news. My deepest condolences to Hallie and her family and friends. I loved Nora's work so much- she will be missed

Marni said...

Deepest sympathy to Hallie and family for this sad loss. And thanks to Nora for years of wonderful writing, poignancy and laughter. She will be missed.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Nora made this world a little clearer and brighter with her wit and humor and her lovable characters and insight into life.

Sending you and your family much love and prayers of healing and support, Hallie. xoxoxo

Lou said...

Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.

William Simon said...

You will be missed!

Lisa Alber said...

I was so sorry to hear this news. I'm sorry for your loss, Hallie. It just sucks. Big time.

Rochelle Staab said...

Hallie, my condolences to you and your family. I'll keep you in my prayers. Nora was a woman to be admired and enjoyed. She certainly brightened up more than one lonely evening for me via her unforgettable movies.
She will be missed.

Unknown said...

Hallie, your sister not only wrote with style, she lived with style, all the way. I keep thinking of one of the last shots of You've Got Mail, when the camera pans up to the blue blue sky...and I hope Nora is there, watching us, and laughing at all the silly little petty things we fuss about.

Jennifer Fusco said...

My sincere condolences. The writing world has lost one of the greats.

Jeffrey Marks said...

Hallie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

Mary Sutton said...

"You've Got Mail" is one of my fave rom-coms of all time. My condolences to Hallie and her family.

Reine said...

Her work was a blessing.

Jocelyn Kelley said...

Nora once famously said, "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." She not only created some of the greatest heroines, but she was one herself. She was the heroine we all dreamed of being. What a tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Nora's family.

Cher'ley said...

Didn't know her, but I feel your loss. So sorry. I enjoy Hallie and love her books, so if her sister was anything like her, she was great!

Missy said...

What a treasure Nora Ephron gave us and we'll be able to visit it whenever we want. I wish she was still here to share more with us, but so thankful for what we have.

Hallie Ephron and the rest of the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

becky hutchison said...

Hallie, I'm so sorry about Nora. I agree with Lisa that her loss sucks. What a beautiful and courageous woman she was. I loved her smart heroines and enjoyed her humorous musings on everyday life. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

xoxo
Becky
(in Annapolis)

Darlene Ryan said...

My deepest sympathy. May she find safe passage and be welcomed by the light.

Priscilla G. said...

For 40 years, Nora Ephron made me laugh. Yesterday, she made me cry. This weekend I'm going to re-read some of her essays so I can laugh again with her. Rest in peace, Nora.

Lora in Florida said...

RIP Nora...and deepest condolences to the whole Ephron family.

A brilliant, brilliant mind, and a wonderful person...even though I never knew her personally, I feel as if I do through all her writings.

Praying for all her loved ones to find some peace during this rough time.

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

I hope all the support shown here and elsewhere, Hallie, is a small comfort at this very difficult time. She'll be missed by more than family.

Lynn in Texas said...

Hallie, my sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss. I've been a huge fan of Nora's ever since I first read CRAZY SALAD, and her movies are among my favorites for romantic comedies. What a fine legacy of entertainment she's left us. Rest in peace, Nora.

Marian L said...

Hallie, you have my ccondolence. The loss of a sister is tough, I know. I hope you find comfort in that she was loved. And your sister was a great talent who will be missed.

Marie said...

My sincerest condolences, Hallie to you and your family. I feel really sad today.

Anonymous said...

Hallie, I am so sorry for your loss. I always wanted a sister - and you had two wonderful ones! May God keep you and your family these next hard days and give you comfort in that she was truly loved and admired the world over!
Thelma Straw in Manhattan

Anonymous said...

Deepest condolences to the Ephron Family. Hallie, she was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

What a special talent and she was taken from us too soon.. condolences to her family and friends..

Cate Noble said...

Condolences to Hallie, and to her and Nora's family.

My world is better because of Nora Ephron's brilliance.

Rosemary Harris said...

I wasn't going to comment beyond what I've already written, but I know how hard it is to lose a sister and my heart is breaking for you, Hallie. Anything we say or write is a testament to how much Nora touched all of us and made us feel like sisters.

Lisa Fernow said...

My thoughts are with you.

Pat Marinelli said...

Thanks for your genius. You will be sorely missed. RIP My condolences, Hallie, to you and your family.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

We do love you all.

James Scott Bell said...

Hallie, let me add my voice to the condolences here.

Kathleen Ernst said...

I send sympathy to the Ephron family.

Lynda said...

The news of Ms. Ephron's death was a total shock to me, as I hadn't known she'd been ill. She was *such* a brilliant woman whose creativity just zoomed out of her in so many different forms, and all of them were funny as well as thought-provoking.

But mostly Ms. Ephron was a family member; a sister, a wife, a mom. It's to you, Hallie, and your family that I express my sincerest condolences. May your sister's memory be a blessing.

Tracy Grant said...

Deepest condolences, Hallie, to you and all your family. I have wonderful memories of your sister's movies and other writing, including seeing "When Harry Met Sally" the night one of the first of my close friends got married. I went after the wedding with the other bridesmaids. It was a magical movie than and remains so. Nora was a luminous talent and obviously a wonderful person.

Lynn Cahoon said...

Sleepless in Seattle is still my go to -feel good -write better movie.

My thoughts are with Hallie and her family.

Hallie Ephron said...

Hallie here, days later reading all your lovely good wishes. THANK YOU!