Nora Ephron, born May 19, 1941 in New York City, is an acclaimed novelist, essayist, screenwriter, film director and producer. Growing up in a family of writers has helped Nora become one of the most successful female writers in America.
She finished her journalism degree from Wellesley…more
Her parents' screenplay of the 1963 film comedy Take Her, She's Mine is based upon Nora's letters when she was a college student.
At 22, Nora was employed as a reporter for the New York Post and worked there for five years. She worked in the mail room prior to becoming a reporter.
Nora was married to writer Dan Greenburg from April 9, 1967 until their divorce in 1976. She then married journalist Carl Bernstein on April 14, 1976 and divorced him in December, 1979. They had two children, Jacob and Max. She is living with husband writer Nicholas Pileggi whom she married on March 28, 1987.
In 2002, Nora wrote a stage play called Imaginary Friends which ran at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California.
Nora is a contributor of essays, short stories, and reviews to magazines such as Good Housekeeping.
Nora names Meryl Streep to be the woman whom she most admires in the entertainment industry.
Nora's film directorial debut was for This is My Life which starred Julie Kavner.
Nora was the Associate Editor of her school paper, Wellesley College News, during her senior year.
Nora Ephorn: Maybe young women don't wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case of you are wondering, of course you can have it all. What are you going to do? Everything, is my guess. It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. And don't be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I've had four careers and three husbands.
Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.
Nora Ephron: Movies are the literature of this generation, and all subsequent generations. It's exciting to know that if you make a movie that in some way works, you're going to reach people, to become part of their autobiography.
Nora Ephron: So many of the conscious and unconscious ways men and women treat each other have to do with romantic and sexual fantasies that are deeply ingrained, not just in society but in literature. The women's movement may manage to clean up the mess in society, but I don't know whether it can ever clean up the mess in our minds.
Nora Ephron: I finally figured out that if there are circumstances in which you can have the best sex of your life in your 60s, they would be if you had never had sex before.
Nora Ephron: (asked on what she hopes her legacy will be) Who's even going to remember me? People don't even remember who Eleanor Roosevelt was.
Nora Ephron: Face-lift-I'm just terrified of that. It's a scary thing, when you have friends you actually don't recognize.
Nora Ephron: Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.
Nora Ephron: One of the main reasons that I love directing is because it's the best way I know to protect my writing.
Nora Ephron: (in an April 1998 article) I truly believe that in ten years there's going to be a "Men in Film" organization and they're going to have this pathetic little luncheon every year where they give each other awards, because women now run almost half the studios in Hollywood, it's kind of amazing.
Nora Ephron: (speaking at Wellesley College Commencement in 1979) We were born into a society that expected us to be good girls... I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. I also hope you'll choose to make some trouble on behalf of women.
Nora Ephron: It's nice to be able to do things that are simply about you and what you're writing -- as opposed to you and what you're writing and will they make it and if they want to make it, can we cast it, and all of those things that are sitting on your shoulder as you write a movie.
Nora Ephron: Childbirth is no fun, but at the end you get a big present. This is not true of old age.