Nora Ephron passed away on June 26, 2012 from pneumonia as a complication of her acute myeloid lukemia. She was diagnosed in 2006 and left clues about her illness in her most recent book, I Remember Nothing. She spent her last hours at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, surrounded by her family.
Nora is best known for her romantic comedy work on such films as You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, and When Harry Met Sally. Her most recent work was on Julie & Julia, a film about Julia Child’s life and legacy. Meryl Streep won a Golden Globe as best supporting actress for her portrayal of Julia in the movie.
Julie & Julia was based on the blog by Julie Powell called Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. It was turned into a best selling book, and subsequently the movie. The paperback version of the book was later retitled as Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. Julia Child was never fond of the blog, saying it focused too much on the media and not enough on the food.
Nora Ephron was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1994 for her work in the media. The movie Julie & Julia was nominated for best screenplay by the Writers Guild of America. She was a very accomplished woman who will be greatly missed.
Source: People.com, NYtimes.com