27 June 2012
Last updated at 10:45
Hollywoood screenwriter Nora Ephron, famous for films including When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, has died at the age of 71.
She began her screenwriting career while married to her second husband, journalist Carl Bernstein. Ephron helped rewrite a version of the script of All The President's Men, the Oscar-winning film about Bernstein and Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward's uncovering of the Watergate scandal.
Ephron earned her first Oscar nomination for best screenplay for the 1983 drama Silkwood, starring Meryl Streep and Cher. Both actresses also gained Oscar nods for their roles in the real-life inspired film about Karen Silkwood, who died in suspicious circumstances while trying to uncover wrongdoing at the plutonium plant in which she worked.
Ephron is probably best-known for writing 1989 romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, featuring the fake orgasm scene which prompts a fellow customer to say “I’ll have what she’s having”. The film earned the writer her second Oscar nomination.
Ephron's third best screenplay Oscar nod came from 1993's Sleepless in Seattle, which she wrote and directed, starring Ryan and Tom Hanks.
The pair reunited five years later for Ephron's fifth directorial outing, You've Got Mail, about two business rivals who fall in love over the internet.
Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell starred in Ephron's film version of the US series Bewitched in 2005. However, the film failed to impress critics or attract significant movie audiences.
Ephron was back on form, however, with her final film - 2009's Julie and Julia which saw her team up with Streep again in an Oscar-nominated turn as renowned US chef Julia Child.