Thursday, June 28, 2012

Style Icon: Nora Ephron

"Maybe young women don't wonder whether they can have it all any longer, but in case any of you are wondering, of course you can have it all." 
- Nora Ephron, commencement address at Wellesley, 1996.

The world will certainly feel the loss of the very talented author, screenwriter (the list goes on) and all-around inspiring woman, Nora Ephron.  Over the past few decades she gave us some of our favorite romantic comedies, chick flicks, hysterical novels and even an off-Broadway play.  Among my favorites are: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Julie & Julia and Love, and Loss and What I Wore... my mother loves I Feel Bad About My Neck.  But these aren't just my favorite Nora Ephron works, they are some of my all-time favorites.  I think many would agree.

Robert Thompson, founder of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University in New York, summed up her creative talent very well: “This is a woman who managed to blend the sophisticated witty dialogue and complex characters with the ability to appeal to an enormous mass audience, and that is easier said than done.”

Nora Ephron Books via Pinterest

She defied the ominously famous 1986 Newsweek cover below and, as the NY Times put it, "she refuted all by herself the fear that powerful women repel men, that funny girls go home to their cats, that having it all means enjoying it alone."

Below is a picture of Nora with her husband, Nicholas Pillegi in 1993.  He authored "Wiseguy" and "Goodfellas" and with him Nora certainly seemed to have met her match - through his work, he essentially does for men what Nora did for women.
(Image via NY Times)
More photos below of the ever-stylish Nora Ephron.  She worked hard following her passion, which not only gained her the respect of her peers, but an extremely successful career and, above all, a happy life.  If that isn't style, I don't know what is.  Read a tribute to Nora Ephron, by her friend Alessandra Stanley in Nora Ephron's Hollywood Ending.  Watch this video to hear other powerful women speak of her. 

Covering Robert F. Kennedy's Senate campaign for the NY Post. (Image via NY Times)

A recent photo where she looks the epitome of smart. (All following images via IMDB.)
On the set of Julie & Julia.

Receiving an award for Julie & Julia.

Nothing is more stylish than happiness.

Receiving an award.  With Steven Spielberg.

When Harry Met Sally

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