Writer-filmmaker Nora Ephron dies at 71

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Writer-filmmaker Nora Ephron dies at 71This image released by Warner Bros. Home Video shows actress Meg Ryan in a scene from the romantic comedy "You've Got Mail," directed, co-written and co-produced by Nora Ephron. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf confirmed Tuesday, June 26, 2012, that author and filmmaker Nora Ephron died Tuesday of leukemia in New York. She was 71. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Home Video) (Credit: AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nora Ephron, the essayist, author and filmmaker who challenged and thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism, has died. She was 71.

Ephron’s family says she died of leukemia Tuesday night at a Manhattan hospital.

Born into a family of screenwriters, Ephron was a top journalist in her 20s and 30s, then a best-selling author and successful director. She was among the most quotable and influential writers of her generation.

She wrote and directed such favorites as “Julie & Julia” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” and her books included the novel “Heartburn,” a brutal roman a clef about her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein.

Ephron was married three times: to Dan Greenburg, Bernstein and Nicholas Pileggi, who survives her. She had two sons.

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