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Alumnae Achievement Awards 2006

Nora Ephron ’62
Screenwriter and Director

carole beebe tarantelli '64

Nora Ephron ’62 is an acclaimed essayist and novelist, and is also respected and celebrated in Hollywood as a screenwriter, producer and director.

Ms. Ephron began her career as a newspaper reporter for the New York Post. She has written for such magazines as Esquire, New York Times Magazine, and New York Magazine. In 1975, a collection of her essays, entitled Crazy Salad, was published. She followed that with the widely acclaimed novel, Heartburn.

In the early ’80s, Ms. Ephron turned her attention to film, writing the screenplays for such films as Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986), and When Harry Met Sally (1989). In the early ’90s, she tried her hand at directing and producing, in addition to writing, creating films including Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Michael (1996), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Lucky Numbers (2000) and Bewitched (2005).

Ms. Ephron received Academy Award nominations for best screenplay for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally, and Sleepless in Seattle. When Harry Met Sally received a Golden Globe nomination for best screenplay. The Writers Guild of America honored both When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle with best screenplay nominations.


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