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Nora Ephron

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Also Known As: Died: June 26, 2012
Born: May 19, 1941 Cause of Death: Myelodysplasia
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Writer ...


"The hugest smile I ever saw was when Nora said 'Action!' for the first time. It was a smile of complete pleasure. She loves to be able to control things. Francis Coppola said that being a director is one of the last dictatorships you can have in an increasingly democratic world. Without being a dictator in the evil sense of the word, Nora is, in a postitive sense. I think Nora was born to direct." --Julie Kavner on Ephron's directorial debut, quoted in Vanity Fair, February 1992.

"When I started out writing screenplays, it was during a period of time when anyone who could type was writing them. I already knew how to do journalism with my habds tied behind my back. Suddenly, I was doing something that I didn't know much about and it was very interesting." --Nora Ephron quoted in Daily Variety, October 21, 1996.

"All of movie making consists of making a choice about one detail after another. But in the end the details don't matter. That's the really shocking thing." --Ephron quoted in The New York Times, April 10, 1994.

"Question: As a child, did you crave to be a screenwriter and director?

"Answer: No, I craved to be a journalist. My parents were terrific screenwriters and that's why I didn't want to be one. I mean, who wants to do what your parents do? My parents did have some influence on my choice of career. My parents were writers. I wanted to be a writer. I just didn't want to have anything to do with the movie business. I didn't want to live 'out there.' I grew up 'out there.' And I thought in order to be in the movie business, you had to live 'out there.' And it turns out you don't. It turns out you can be in the New York and be in the movie business." --Nora Ephron in The Hollywood Reporter, June 11, 1996.

"Look, people can be whatever they want to be in Hollywood. They can be complete babies and do brilliantly or they can be fascists and do brilliantly. But I have found it very useful not to let a lot of things bother me, because you eventually learn that most of them get sorted out, and if you react to every little thing, you could go crazy in the movie business." --Ephron in the 1996 special "Women in Film" issue of Premiere

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