Nora Ephron: 1941-2012
Nora Ephron was a throwback to wits such as Anita Loos and Dorothy Parker while being thoroughly modern. As a screenwriter and essayist, she was a highly-sensitive cultural barometer who could with great accuracy (and great amusement) measure the subtlest changes in the atmosphere. My favorite films of hers are not her hits: This is My Life (her directorial debut) and Hanging Up (written with sister Delia and directed by Diane Keaton). I loved her essay collections Wallflower at the Orgy and I Feel Bad About My Neck.
She contributed so many great lines. Top-of-head, these are some favorites.
“When your children are teenagers it’s important to have a dog so someone in the house is happy to see you when you get home.” — from I Feel Bad About My Neck
“If your kid has a choice, mom having ecstatic time in Hawaii or mom in next room on the verge of suicide, they’ll take verge of suicide in next room every time. What’s important for your kid isn’t happiness, but proximity.” — Julie Kavner, This is My Life
“Harry, you have to find a way of not expressing every feeling you have, every moment you have them.” — Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally…
“There are two kinds of women: high-maintenance and low-maintenance. You’re the worst kind, hugh-maintenance who thinks she’s low-maintenance” — Billy Crystal, When Harry Met Sally…
“You are the butter to my bread…the breath to my life” — Stanley Tucci to Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
“She makes coffee nervous” — Tom Hanks (of Parker Posey), You’ve Got Mail
“What we think of as fate is just two neuroses knowing that they are a perfect match.” — David Hyde-Pierce, Sleepless in Seattle
“I was raised Jewish, but my religion is butter.” — provenance unremembered
Your favorite pinch of Ephron?