Nora Ephron dies aged 71

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This story brings romance and courtship into the electronic age of the World Wide Web via e-mail and chat rooms. Joe Fox (Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) live and work blocks from each other on New York City's Upper West Side. Their lives are practically intertwined. They both shop at the same place, frequent the same coffee shop, and even own competing bookstores on the same street. They also both have significant others of their own. Joe has the overly hyper book editor Patricia Eden (Parker Posey), while Kathleen lives with the scholarly newspaper columnist Frank Navasky (Greg Kinnear). Then they meet in a chat room. Though they keep their identities secret (they're known only by screen names "NY152" and "Shopgirl"), they tell each other everything about their lives, including their private feelings, which slowly turn into affection for each other. When Joe decides to open a new branch of his "Foxbooks" chain that risks putting Kathleen's "Shop Around the Corner" out of business, the tension between them escalates. Surely her boutique business will be lost to the conglomerate with a built-in newsstand and coffee bar. When Joe sees Kathleen waiting for him in the restaurant where they agreed to meet up, he puts two and two together, but cannot face her, given their agreement not to reveal each others' names and professions. How can he reveal himself to her now, knowing that he is the cause of her misery?
June 27th, 2012

Nora Ephron has died at the age of 71.

The 'When Harry Met Sally' screenwriter passed away in a New York hospital on Tuesday evening (26.06.12) from pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, and Hollywood stars she worked with over the years have paid tribute to the writer and director.

Billy Crystal, who starred opposite Meg Ryan in 'When Harry Met Sally' said: ''I am very sad to learn of Nora's passing. She was a brilliant writer and humorist.

''Being her Harry to Meg's Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words.''

Three-time Oscar nominee Nora had a penchant for romantic comedies, penning iconic scripts like 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You've Got Mail' and most recently 'Julie & Julia' in 2009.

'Bewitched' actress Nicole Kidman commented:''She was so smart, warm and funny. I am so grateful that she was my friend and we had the opportunity to work together.

''My thoughts and love are with her family at this time. I will never forget the dinners, games and laughter we all shared.''

Meryl Streep, who starred in 'Heartburn' and 'Julie & Julia' also paid tribute, saying: ''Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, 'Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?'

''You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly. She was an expert in all the departments of living well.''

Nora - who has also worked alongside Hollywood stars including Tom Hanks, Steve Martin and Juliette Lewis - leaves behind her third husband Nicholas Pileggi, and two sons Jacob and Max from her second marriage.