Remembering Nora Ephron

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Earlier this week Nora Ephron, the beloved author, playwright, screenwriter and director died at age 71 due to complications from leukemia.  The internet has been laden with tributes from those that knew her and the millions of strangers like us, whose lives she touched with her witty, insightful, smart and hopeful characters. We just couldn’t let the week go by without paying homage to Ephron and her work ourselves. She is best known for her films, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Julie & Julia, Heartburn and Silkwood, among them. Ephron was also a prolific writer and penned several books, including I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman and I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, two very funny accounts of the love/hate relationship Ephron had with being a “woman of a certain age”.

Ephron was a trailblazer and opened doors for women everywhere. She achieved success in all that she did while also encouraging women to be true to themselves along the way. So, in honor of Ms. Ephron we have compiled some of our favorite lines from her films and books. However, one of our favorite quotes is actually from Ephron herself – “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Nora Ephron was just that, and so much more.

Ephron film posters“It’s not personal – What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that. All that means is that it wasn’t personal to you. But it was personal to me. It’s personal to a lot of people. And what’s so wrong with being personal, anyway?
You’ve Got Mail

“Are we really all going to spend our last years avoiding bread, especially now that bread in America is so unbelievably delicious? And what about chocolate?
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee… So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee, but an absolutely defining sense of self.
You’ve Got Mail

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
When Harry Met Sally

“I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.”
Sleepless in Seattle

“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don’t take it off until you’re thirty-four.
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

“You can’t retrieve your life (unless you’re on Wikipedia, in which case you can retrieve an inaccurate version of it).”
I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections

“Now what’d you want to take that science class for? There’s no girls in that science class. You take home ec, why don’t you? That’s the way to meet the nice boys…Mom, I said, There ain’t no boys in home ec. The boys are in the science class.

“Is there anything better than butter? Think it over, any time you taste something that’s delicious beyond imagining and you say ‘what’s in this?’ the answer is always going to be butter. The day there is a meteorite rushing toward Earth and we have thirty days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter. Here is my final word on the subject, you can never have too much butter.
Julie & Julia

“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Comment below to share your favorite Nora Ephron moments.

  • JA

    You just highlighted some my favorite lines and turned me on to a few new ones. In truth, I had forgotten or maybe was never really aware pf the breadth of Nora Ephron’s work, until now. It’s amazing how a total stranger can touch your life through the gifts they share. RIP.

  • Alice

    Once of my favorite quotes from When Harry Met Sally was when Harry said to Sally “I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I’ll know how it turned out.”

  • Thia

    There was another “butter” reference in Julie & Julia I loved… when Stanley Tucci’s character tells Julia (Meryl Streep) “You are the butter to my bread”… so corny, but so sweet.

  • ALJ

    My favorite is Sleepless in Seatle. That picture is high on my list of “best pictures”. I loved the story so much (I’m a hopeless romantic). Nora, you will be missed.

  • gargouille

    Can I just say that in addition to the incredible words she spun, this is also the screenwriter who got Meg Ryan to do the best fake orgasm ever captured on film. She was so brave!