2005 Key West Literary Seminar
2005 Key West Literary Seminar

Panelist
Nora
Ephron


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Nora Ephron After becoming one of the industry's most respected screenwriters, Nora Ephron turned to directing in 1992 with her first feature, 20th Century Fox's "This is My Life" starring Julie Kavner. She followed it in 1993 with her second picture, TriStar's "Sleepless in Seattle" starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, which grossed over $200 million worldwide, followed by "Mixed Nuts" starring Steve Martin, and then "Michael," starring John Travolta, William Hurt and Andie McDowell. Nora teamed Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan again for the 1998 released "You've Got Mail." In 2000, Nora directed "Lucky Numbers," starring John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow. Nora's first Broadway play, "Imaginary Friends", was produced on Broadway in December 2002 and starred Cherry Jones and Swoosie Kurtz. She is currently at work on the film "Bewitched", starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.

Nora Ephron has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay: for "Sleepless in Seattle" (with David Ward and Jeff Arch), for Rob Reiner's hit comedy "When Harry Met Sally..." and Mike Nichols' "Silkwood" (co-written with Alice Arlen). Other screenwriting credits include "Heartburn" (adapted from her best-selling novel of the same name), "Cookie" (also with Arlen), "My Blue Heaven," "This is My Life," "Mixed Nuts" (co-written with her sister Delia Ephron), "Michael" (with Delia Ephron, Peter Dexter and Jim Quinlan),"You've Got Mail" and "Hanging Up" (both with Delia Ephron).

Nora began screen writing after years as one of the country's best known journalists. She started as a newspaper reporter for the New York Post and then became a magazine writer for Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine, among others. Two collections of her essays, "Crazy Salad" and "Scribble, Scribble" are bestsellers.

Nora Ephron lives in New York City with her husband, journalist/screen writer Nicholas Pileggi, and a dog.
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