Nora Ephron, author of 'Sleepless in Seattle,' dies at 71

Nora Ephron, author of 'Sleepless in Seattle,' dies at 71

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Director Nora Ephron attends the 2011 Directors Guild Of America Honors at the Directors Guild of America Theater on October 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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WHAS11.com

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 26 at 9:35 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who challenged and thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, and was loved, respected and feared for her wit, died on Tuesday of leukemia. She was 71.

Her book publisher Alfred A. Knopf confirmed her death in a statement.

Born into a family of screenwriters, Ephron was a top journalist in her 20s and 30s, then a best-selling author and successful director. She was among the most quotable and influential writers of her generation. She wrote and directed such favorites as "Julie & Julia" and "Sleepless in Seattle," and her books included the novel "Heartburn," a brutal roman a clef about her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.

Ephron was married three times: to Dan Greenburg, Bernstein and Nicholas Pileggi, who survives her. She had two sons.
 

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