Throughout your life, there are people you never meet who nonetheless mold what you think and feel and believe. They are the authors of the books that change your life, the directors whose visions ignite your imagination, the photographers and artists whose perceptions influence how you see the world. These are the visionaries whose creative works somehow become landmarks in your own life. Nora Ephron was one of those visionaries.
Do you remember the scene in When Harry Meets Sally where Sally (Meg Ryan) creates the sounds of a woman in the full throes of orgasm? Or what about those words uttered in Sleepless in Seattle: “Destiny is something we’ve invented because we can’t stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental.”
Nora Ephron’s vision was timeless and immortal. This woman didn’t just write and direct movies. She wrote novels. She wrote essays. She was a powerhouse that influenced the way women think of themselves. She wasn’t just some hack in a basement sniffing cocaine and hoping for a big break. She was the big break. Her thumb was always on the pulse of what women feel and think. From Sleepless in Seattle to Julie and Julia, Nora Ephron left her mark, her footprint, and I hope she’s out there in the universe enjoying herself and planning for the next phase of her existence.
Thanks, Nora, for all the laughs and insights.