The legendary director, screenwriter, journalist and book author past away this week after a long battle with Leukemia. Her films included When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia,  and countless others. 
Thank you Nora for giving us some of the best and most unforgettable lines in life. You’ve made us laugh and cry at the same time. 
Here are some of her famous quotes….
“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” ~ I Feel Bad About My Neck
“I’ll have what she’s having.” ~ When Harry Met Sally
“I don’t want to be someone that you’re settling for. I don’t want to be someone that anyone settles for. Marriage is hard enough without bringing such low expectations into it, isn’t it? 
~ Sleepless in Seattle
“I have for many years been puzzled by the persistence of Hugh Hefner. Why is he still here?”  ~ “Why won’t Playboy Die?” Newsweek
“If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last two chapters. The beginning is glorious, especially if you’re lucky enough not to have morning sickness and if, like me, you’ve had small breasts all your life. Suddenly they being to grow and you’ve got them, you’ve really got them, breasts, darling breasts, and when you walk down the street they bounce, truly they do, they bounce bounce bounce.” ~ Heartburn
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” 


“When I buy a new book, I alway read the last page first, that way in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side.”  
~ When Harry Met Sally
“My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be the comic stories the next.”
“In my my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.”
“Everybody dies. There’s nothing you can do about it. Whether or not you eat six almonds a day.”

Nora Ephron
  • Tracey

    It was based on one of her own divorces…
    And thanks, you- I loved your words here too!

  • Sonya

    I recall seeing Heartburn and her other films a long time ago..but I need and want to refresh. Now seeing all the heartfelt tributes reminds us of how amazing she was. Pure genius. And I agree with Cerys… your recount is perfect! 🙂

  • Tracey

    Have you ever seen “Heartburn” Sonya?! It was terrific. Dated now (80’s, you know…) but she had a lot to say about the nature of love and divorce and children in that film. *swoons* Meryl + Jack = excellence.
    I loved them all, really…

  • Tracey

    Thanks, Cerys… but it was Sonya who wrote this lovely post!!

  • Sonya

    She’s amazing. I’m planning on running NetFlix in her honour for the next few days. Need to see Heartburn too. xx

  • Cerys

    Tracey, what lovely sentiments you have written, that echo the feelings of so many of Nora’s fans, definitely me included. thank you!

  • Tracey

    I loved her wit SO MUCH – she really was the master of dialogue too… her films were gems (even the less stellar ones) because there were always such great pearls about life and love scattered throughout. I love that her first and last films starred Meryl Streep. (I should totally watch Heartburn again… I’ll bet it would mean different things to me now, at this stage of my life.)
    I’m very sad about her passing. I’m glad she suffers no more, though. Cancer needs to go away now. 🙁

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