Noted Screenwriter Passes On
I was sitting in a fast-food restaurant this morning watching CNN news with one of the most popular movie clips was aired……And that was the one where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in a restaurant, while talking to her boyfriend. Everybody should recognize the popular scene as being part of When Harry Met Sally, but much less is known about the screenwriter, who created the story. Her name is Nora Ephron and it is sadly noted that she passed away recently at the age of 71.
Nora is probably best known for the film that featured Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal and for which she received an Oscar Award for best screenplay. Other film scripts that can be accredited to Ms. Ephron include You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Bewitched and Julie and Julia. However, all of Nora’s contributions did not come as a writer, for she also functioned as A Hollywood producer and director. Her specialty seems to be romantic comedy and it should be noted that many of her silver screen efforts featured Meg Ryan as the leading actress. Nora Ephron is already a household name among the film industry, but like many who work behind the scenes in Hollywood, her name is not widely associated with her accomplishments.
Behind the Scenes
Are screenwriters destined to always work behind the scenes? In seems to me that for the most part, the role of film writer is not one that draws the spotlight. It is only when writers become producers, directors or appear in their films as extras or even by portraying a major character, do they become well-known to the general public. Nora Ephron’s film history may be a good case in point. For even before she passed away, the writer has been long been defined as a major player in defining contemporary relationships between the opposite sexes. I’m sure in the days that follow her passing, there will be a lot of attention directed to her and her life’s work, but in general she endeavors in an area, where her influence greatly exceeds her name recognition.