Screenwriter and Director Nora Ephron Dies: TV Celebrities React
Screenwriter and Director Nora Ephron Dies: TV Celebrities React
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, Nora Ephron died of cancer at age 71. The prolific and successful screenwriter and director was responsible for some of the most beloved romantic comedies of recent decades, and her death was felt by many in the TV industry. See what they had to say here.

Nora Ephron's work is fairly astounding, even for a Hollywood success story. Her film career (which followed two brief stints in television writing) began in the early 1980s and only snowballed from there. After her breakout hit, When Harry Met Sally (1989), Ephron continued to write successful and beloved films: Sleepless in Seattle, My Blue Heaven, Michael, You've Got Mail, Julie & Julia and more. Nora Ephron also directed 8 feature films, including Sleepless in Seattle and Julie & Julia.

The filmmaker died after a mostly secret battle with cancer. Keep reading to see the shocked and heartbroken response to this death from the television world.

Shonda Rhimes
"'I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.' --Nora Ephron"

Chris Colfer
"Nora Ephron, thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. Such an inspiring legacy you leave."

Zooey Deschanel
"I'm very sad about Nora Ephron, a hero for all funny ladies."
Kirstie Alley
"'you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.' ― Nora Ephron Oh Jeez... you will be missed..RIP XO"
Yvette Nicole Brown
"'Silkwood', 'When Harry Met Sally', 'Sleepless In Seattle'...SO much goodness. #NoraEphron, you will be missed."

Damon Lindelof
"'Beware of men who cry.' -- Nora Ephron ‪#YeahICried‬ ‪#GoodbyeNora"

Debra Messing
"Nora Ephron---what a loss. A magnificent Spirit, and Voice. She changed Romantic Comedy forever. My prayers to her family and friends..."

Ron Howard
"RIP Nora Ephron brilliant gracious and FUNNY"
Kaley Cuoco
"RIP Nora Ephron Loved her work Loved her direction Loved her writing Blessings and thoughts to her family"

Christina Applegate
"If a Nora Ephron movie is on, I always stop and watch. Her movies were like comfort food for the soul. We will miss her.."
Jimmy Kimmel
"I was lucky enough to dine with Nora Ephron. She made me laugh so hard I laughed again just thinking about it."

Felicia Day
"Very sad about Nora Ephron passing away. She wrote some of my very favorite films and was a huge inspiration. ‪#RIPNORA"
Sarah Shahi
"Nora ephron- such an inspiration to women, artists, everyone. You and your stories are missed."

Diablo Cody
"Very sad news about Nora Ephron. A graceful, hilarious writer and world-class filmmaker."
Justin Timberlake
"R.I.P. Nora Ephron... Funny, charming, witty, full of heart, and one of the greatest who put it all down in timeless, quotable classics."

Kevin Smith
"Nora Ephron died. Met her once at the premiere of her angel flick MICHAEL and she was very sweet. Gonna watch HEARTBURN today in her honor."

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