The Legacy of Nora Ephron

Noted journalist, novelist, humorist, screenwriter, and director Nora Ephron passed away last week at the age of 71. She began her career as a successful journalist in the 1960s and was a part of the burgeoning New Journalism movement, adding a much-needed feminist voice to the field. After establishing herself as one of New York’s hottest writers in the 1970s, she turned her attention to screenwriting and film directing in the 1980s. She is most known for writing the screenplays for Silkwood (1983) and When Harry Met Sally (1989) as well as writing and directing two of the biggest romantic dramas of the 1990s, Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998), all of which are part of the Undergraduate Library’s film collection. In recent years, in addition to publishing books and making movies, she became a blogger for The Huffington Post.

If you have yet to be introduced to the work of Nora Ephron or simply want to re-visit it, the Literature and Languages Library has three of her books. A variety of items related to Ephron (as well as those about or inspired by her) are held in the University of Illinois’ libraries, including the scripts for You’ve Got Mail and her 1996 film Michael (which are held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library).

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