A warm and moving tribute from Melissa Silverstein at Women & Hollywood.
I’m sitting here reeling from the news that Nora Ephron has died. No one even knew she was sick and now she is gone. The loss to movies, and especially to women in movies, cannot be underestimated. This is a woman who was an Oscar nominated screenwriter three times over for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Not many people can boast one Oscar nomination and she got three. She was a successful writer who then at 50 became a director. In a business that prides itself on youth, and precisely speaking, male youth, this woman decided to become a director after a successful career as a journalist and screenwriter.
Addendum: more fine reading on Ephron –
- Nora Ephron: The Funniest Feminist (Alex Leo in The Atlantic)
- Jill at Feministe linked to a commencement speech given by Ephron at Wellesley in 1996
Categories: arts & entertainment, Life
That is really sad. Thank you tigtog for linking to somebody writing in the raw moment rather than one of those ‘canned obituaries’ that I guess every news organisation has to have, but I find so depressing. Anyway, in your link there’s a link to another piece, and I thought this was so right:
(my italics above) I like that she said it’s hard, difficult, complicated – but not impossible.
blue milk linked to another great tribute on Twitter: Nora Ephron: The Funniest Feminist (Alex Leo in The Atlantic)
Yea verily, Vale! Whenever I found myself in a spittle flecked debate about feminism (back in the pre-web days) Ephron’s humor was was a handy antidote to the hate. On a more theoretical note, when I was first trying to puzzle out the idea of kyrachy her essays from the seventies seemed to provide snapshots of the messy power relations that She navigated and made that theory clearer in my mind.
I liked that funniest feminist article, tho the seventies was full of funny feminists like Flo Kennedy, Harrison and Tyler and Clair Bretecher etc, and why another snide aside about Steinem, I didn’t get that.
Jill at Feministe linked to a commencement speech given by Ephron at Wellesley in 1996 – terrific stuff.
I think her memory will live on long after people forget what movie ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ came from.