Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Goodbye Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron could write. She created some of the most amazing women ever to grace the screen. They were always fully formed. They were flawed and funny.
In her first feature she gave Karen Silkwood an epilogue for a life that ended too soon.
She even wrote dialogue that made Cher look impressive. Both Meryl Streep and Cher were nominated for acting Oscars and Nora was nominated for the screenplay.
Her fictional account of her own marriage in "Heartburn" gave Meryl Streep another great role. It was raw and real and showed all the warts. Neither of them were perfect. Her fictional counterpart Rachel is just as messed up as her husband.
Mark Forman: When we're married, I want this once a week.
Rachel Samstat: I'm never getting married again. I don't believe in marriage.
Mark Forman: Neither do I.
She was the inspiration and voice behind Sally Albright of "When Harry Met Sally". It started as a story of Rob Reiner's foray back into singledom and became a great love story. I love that it is the character's flaws that keep them apart, not some convoluted plot device. Because of her, I know I am the worst kind of woman. I'm high maintenence but think I'm low maintainence
Annie Reed: Now that was when people KNEW how to be in love. They knew it! Time, distance... nothing could separate them because they knew. It was right. It was real. It was...
Becky: A movie! That's your problem! You don't want to be in love. You want to be in love in a movie.
She reunited Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. They fell in love over email and went to war face to face. And we still bought their romance.
She made Nicole Kidman bewitchingly goofy.
There was so much more to this incredible woman. She wrote books and spoke in a voice women hadn't heard before. She was funny and real. She wasn't afraid to point the funny and real at herself . She will be missed.