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When Nora Ephron was asked to write her autobiography in six words, she put: Her mother, characteristically, had already beaten her to it in half the words: It was a maxim by which Ephron lived her whole life. In her last collection of essays, I Remember Nothing: Ephron grew up in the heartbutn of household that either crushes a child or turns it into a writer.

She once graphically described her vision of her family as: What made Nora Ephron films great? Nora Ephron dies, age My mother was really hateful about bras… ‘Why not use a Band-Aid instead?

But it was the disintegration of her second marriage, to the investigative reporter Carl Bernstein, who broke the news of Watergate, that really tested her resilience. In the introduction to a new edition of Heartburn, her autobiographical novel about the break-up, Ephron wrote: But what makes Heartburn a great novel — rather than simply a great revenge novel — are the instances of grievous pain spun into comedy. As the newly single parent of two sons, Ephron wrote her novel in tandem with screenplays, heartbhrn the bills and buying time to write fiction with the well-paid film work.


Nora Ephron: The heroine of her life, not the victim – Telegraph

Heartburn was a bestseller. Ephron wrote a screen adaptation that starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, and went on to become a successful screenwriter and director, establishing herself as a cultural weather-maker with movies such as Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and, latterly, Julie and Julia.

This maxim informed not just her movie-making career, but her life. Ephron grew up at a time when women — even very clever ones — were educated to be compliant.

Nora Ephron: The heroine of her life, not the victim

She savaged her university, the single-sex Wellesley College, for turning out a generation of docile, unadventurous women. And she criticised the astounding sexism she encountered in her journalistic career and, later, in Hollywood.

She could never resist taking her own line, which got her into trouble with feminists: But her stubborn idiosyncrasy ripened into a sharp-edged wisdom. Other women writers who have chronicled catastrophic life events — Elizabeth Smart on lost love, Joan Didion and Joyce Carol Oates on bereavement — have found themselves identified with those crises, their other work effaced or diminished by a single, defining emotional convulsion.


Ephron adroitly avoided that trap. She wrote herself a route out of her marital betrayal that led to success and fame, but she never became synonymous with that part of her life.

On the contrary, she continued to notice and record the tricky business of how to grow up, and grow older, with grace. She did it herself, and with her journalism, her fiction, her films and her funny, courageous essays, she hearthurn a generation of women young enough to be her daughters how to do it, too.

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