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Nora Ephron

Hollywood Legend

Dead at 71

6/26/2012 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nora Ephron -- the legendary Hollywood writer who penned the screenplays for "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally" -- died Tuesday after a battle with leukemia. 

According to Ephron's son Jacob Bernstein, the 71-year-old had been suffering from acute myeloid leukemia ... and took a turn for the worse in recent days after coming down with pneumonia.

Ephron scored 3 Academy Award nominations in her illustrious Hollywood career ... and was widely considered one of the most powerful women in the entertainment industry.

Among her most memorable films ... "Silkwood" ... "My Blue Heaven" ... "Michael" ... "You've Got Mail" ... and "Julie and Julia."

Ephron was married to (and famously divorced) Watergate scandal reporter Carl Bernstein ... before entering her 3rd (and final) marriage to screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi. 

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Don't feed the Trolls    

RIP Nora Ephron

765 days ago
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Arnie    

RIP. Weird... I just mentioned 'When Harry Met Sally' last night to a lady friend while I was poking her.

765 days ago
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parlayer    

hope she took my advice "free advice" last hour. More of an incivitve to listen if you have to pay! last hour.

765 days ago
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TiffC    

Cancer sucks more than Lindsay Lohan on the casting couch!

765 days ago
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Smokie    

So sad. Rest in peace Nora.

765 days ago
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Bloomcounty.USA    

Other outlets are reporting that she had leukemia ... RIP Nora Ephron, so many good films, sigh. Going to have a marathon of them tonight.

765 days ago
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Phreaky    

RIP

765 days ago
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Gracie    

She was an amzing woman who created strong and complex female characters and never once gave into the male quota in hollywood. She will be sorely missed!

765 days ago
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Dirk    

BFD

765 days ago
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charlei harper    

Now that's some list of movies...especially my Blue Heaven...Steve Martin..

....now fade to black...God Rest Your Soul...well done good and faithful writer...

765 days ago
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Marilyn    

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."

765 days ago
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She's baaaack    

She wrote memorable screenplays but she authored some wonderful books and many magazine articles. Hopefully, people who really haven't heard or her or paid attention to her works will become interested. RIP Nora Ephron.

765 days ago
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GLaDOS    

Again with the "hollywood legend" crap? She made wrote two movies that were worth seeing but the rest were garbage. If that makes for a legend then I guess the bar has seriously dropped.

765 days ago
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Jody    

This must have been a very fast moving cancer. She was out and about in April and looked good.

765 days ago
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Arcadia Rink    

Great motion pictures, great memories. RIP Nora.

765 days ago
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