"So many of the conscious and unconscious ways men and women treat each other
have to do with romantic and sexual fantasies that are deeply ingrained, not just in
society but in literature. The women's movement may manage to clean up the mess
in society, but I don't know whether it can ever clean up the mess in our minds."
Nora Ephron, acclaimed essayist, novelist, screenwriter and director was born May 19, 1941
New York City. She is the daughter of screenwriting team, Pheobe and Henry Ephron, who wrote
classic screenplays such as, There's No Business Like Show Business, What Price Glory
and Desk Set. She is the oldest of four sisters, Delia, Amy and Hallie. The Ephrons were a family
that valued verbal jousting, and in an article in Vanity Fair one Ephron sister
compared the family dinner table to the Algonquin Round Table. Ephron grew up in a
household where both parents abused alcohol, but she has never let her sometimes
difficult childhood defeat her.
Ephron graduated from Wellesley in 1962 with a degree in journalism, and became a reporter for the New York Post. In her autobiographical speech, Adventures Screenwriting, Ephron reveals that in college all she could think about was going to New
York and becoming a journalist. She became one of the counrty's
best known journalists with her work in Esquire, New York Times Magazine
and New York Magazine. Two collections of her essays, Crazy Salad
and Scribble, Scribble were bestsellers, along with her novel,
Heartburn, an account of the breakup of her marriage. Ephron was married to writer,
Dan Greenburg before marrying Watergate journalist, Carl Bernstein. The couple had two
sons, Jacob, 21 and Max, 20. It was the breakup with Bernstein that prompted her novel
Heartburn. In 1987, Ephron married Nicholas Pileggi, a journalist
and screenwriter. He wrote Wiseguys, which later became
Goodfellas. Ephron lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband.
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