- “Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was 26. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don’t take it off until you’re 34.” — “I Feel Bad About My Neck”
- “Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” — Nora Ephron in her commencement address to the Wellesley College Class of 1996
- “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” — from “I Feel Bad About My Neck”
- “Everybody dies. There’s nothing you can do about it. Whether you eat six almonds a day. Whether or not you believe in God.” — from “I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections”
- “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — from Wellesley commencement address, 1996
- What failure of imagination had caused me to forget that life was full of other possibilities, including the possibility that eventually I would fall in love again?– Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck
“It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, ”They lived happily ever after” and the following quarter-century warning that they’ll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are now entering a third era in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know it just might work.”
Some of her most well-known are below:
And who can forget the ending scene to Sleepless in Seattle? Even though I know the ending, I am on the edge of my seat EVERY TIME!
And this scene in You’ve Got Mail, where Tom Hanks is taunting her about the guy she has met online, when all the while it is actually him! I absolutely love the chemistry in this movie!
One of Nora’s last greatest works was Julie and Julia, an awesome movie that parallels the life of the wonderful Julia Childs and the life of a young woman, dissatisfied with life, and a desire to cook. Love how Nora blended the two together. One of my favorite lines below, plus a clip Of Meryl Streep playing Julia.
- You are the butter to my bread, you are the breath to my life. – Paul Child to Julia, from “Julie & Julia”
I love that Nora made her female characters strong, who worked to take control of their lives, to be the heroine and not the victim. I think that is possible not only in the movies, but our own lives.