Nora Ephron, who died on Tuesday of complications from pneumonia at the age of 71, will be remembered as a legendary writer and director. She wrote Silkwood and Heartburn and helmed Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Bewitched, and Julie & Julia. I even enjoyed her so-called lesser films, such as Michael, in which John Travolta played an archangel given human form. My favorite movie of hers, bar none, is When Harry Met Sally.
It had a certain Woody Allen vibe (from Woody Allen's laugh-out-loud early classics), but despite the comparisons it stood on its own as a hilarious romantic comedy to which both men and women could relate. Directed by Rob Reiner, it featured some of the finest work by its stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, as well as its superb supporting cast that included Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, and others. Who could forget the classic line in the diner (delivered by Reiner's own mom) "I'll have what she's having"?
Nora Ephron broke through the Hollywood glass ceiling as a terrific, popular, award-winning screenwriter and director. She will be missed.