R.I.P. Nora Ephron

by Anne Bennett on June 27, 2012

Nora Ephron was a brilliant journalist. She was also the writer/director of the hit romantic comedies: “Sleepless in Seattle,” When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail” and “Julie and Julia,” to name but a few.

I was saddened and very surprised to hear that she died last night at the age of 71, still at the very top of her game. Few people knew that she was gravely ill, but she apparently left  a hint in her last book of essays, “I Remember Nothing,” which ends with two lists, “What I Won’t Miss” and “What I Will Miss.”

Maryl Streep as Julia Child in "Julie and Julia".

Her “What I Will Miss” list begins with her kids and her husband and includes such seemingly mundane things as a walk in the park, reading in bed, fireworks, the Christmas tree and taking a bath.

What caught my eye were her references to food. Nora wrote that she will miss: waffles, bacon, butter, dinner with friends, Thanksgiving dinner and pie.

With the exception of beer, I think she hit the nail on the head.

To further establish Nora as an aficionado of the best things edible, read this quote from her movie, “Heartburn”:

“I look out the window and I see the lights and the skyline and the people on the street rushing around looking for action, love, and the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie, and my heart does a little dance.”

A woman after my heart.

On Sunday night they’re shooting off fireworks near our house in anticipation of July 4th. This year I will watch them with a different perspective, remembering that they were one of the things Nora would miss.

I hope that somehow, wherever she is, Nora knows how many people will miss her. I know I will.

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