nora ephron, utterly fabulous

I love this woman. You might know she passed away last night at age 71 of complications from leukemia. You might also know her as the writer of When Harry Met Sally… and writer/director of You’ve Got Mail. When I heard the news this morning in this this NPR piece, my heart sank.

Every book I read and movie I watched by Nora Ephron always stuck with me. Her writing style was smart and so funny. She was a comic genius, taking everyday honest and tragic moments and turning them into comedy. She was a woman who conquered male dominated industries including journalism, screenwriting and directing with style and grace.

This quote from a 2010 NPR interview explains Ephron’s desirable and lovely life philosophy, “My religion is ‘Get over it,'” says Ephron. “And I was raised in that religion. That was the religion of my home — my mother saying, ‘Everything is copy; everything is material; someday you will think this is funny.’ My parents never said, ‘Oh you poor thing.’ It was work through it, get to the other side, turn it into something. And it worked with me.”

From the same 2010 interview, she gave us words to live by (also read in this morning’s piece on NPR. Hearing Ephron’s voice say these words was moving.):

“You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can’t put things off thinking you’ll get to them someday,” she says. “If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I’m very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it.”

The combination of these quotes left me fascinated and speechless, while standing in my bathroom applying eyeliner and trying to choose my perfect Wednesday dress. These thoughts should always be in the forefront of our minds each and every day. Quite simply, live passionately, do what you love, and don’t dwell. There’s no time for it. Our time is brief. Make it count.

While I’m sad this outstanding creative mind is gone, I’m thankful for all the honest, funny and totally amazing writing and entertainment she put out in the world. She set the stage for so much greatness ahead. She was absolutely fabulous.

For more on Nora Ephron, see this this NYT article and her greatest movie hits via L.A. Times. Check out everything she accomplished here on IMDB.

(Photo via The New York Times)

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