Journalist and Screenwriter Nora Ephron Dead at 71

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The legendary novelist, filmmaker and screenwriter Nora Ephron has died after a battle with leukemia, her publisher said Tuesday. She was 71.

“She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy. She will be sorely missed,” said the statement from Alfred A. Knopf.

Ephron, considered one of the most powerful women in the entertainment industry, penned the screenplays for ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘Silkwood’, ‘My Blue Heaven’, ‘Michael’, and ‘You’ve Got Mail’,  to name a few.  She was known for creating strong female characters in her stories.  Ephron also wrote and directed “Julie & Julia,” which earned Meryl Streep a best actress Oscar nomination in 2010.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the stories Ephron set in his city are classics.

“The loss of Nora Ephron is a devastating one for New York City’s arts and cultural community,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. “From her earliest days at New York City’s newspapers to her biggest Hollywood successes, Nora always loved a good New York story, and she could tell them like no one else.”

Ephron is survived by her husband Nicholas Pileggi; her sons Jacob and Max; and her three sister, all noted writers, Amy, Delia and Hallie.