Sleepless in Seattle’s screenwriter Nora Ephron passed away today from complications of Leukemia, a blood disorder she had been fighting for six years. Nora is survived by her sons Max and Jacob Bernstein and her third husband Nicholas Pileggi.
71-year-old Nora Ephron was born in New york to Phoebe and Henry Ephron, she had three youngers siblings. She attended Beverly hills high School and continued her studies at Wellesley College where she got her major in Journalism.
Nora gained fame from When Harry Met Sally which she wrote and was an associate producer, who can’t forget when she directed and wrote Sleepless in Seattle in 1993, You’ve Got Mail, Michael and most recently Julie & Julia.
When Harry met sally gave Mrs. Ephron nominations at the Oscars, BAFTA Awards, SAG Awards and the Golden Globes, she did not won any but her name made presence everywhere she went.
Nora was married three times. the first time was in 1967 to Dan Greenburg the famous book author screenwriter and journalist, they got divorce in 1976.
After Dan Nora got married to journalist Carl Bernstein in 1976, Carl received a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service from his work with Bob Woodward during the Watergate Scandal.
Nora and Carl had two sons Jacob (who is today a writer at the Daily Beast, Huffington Post and New York Magazine) and Max (singer with Max and the Marginalized and actor who has starred in Victorious, Veronica Mars and This is My Life). Max was born prematurely because Nora was ;regnant with him when she found out her husband and her friend Margaret Jay aka Baroness Jay of Paddington (her father was former Labour Prime Minister James CallaghanPeter Jay’s ex-wife who had an affair with their nanny with whom he fathered a child) Nora and Bernstein divorced in 1980.
Seven years later love knocked on her door one last time, this time a seductive Italian gained her heart. Nicholas Pileggi.
79-year-old Nicholas Pileggi born in New york to Italian parents. He grew up fascinated with the Italian Mafia it was no surprised to see him writing his book Wiseguy which he later adapted to the 1990 film Goodfellas directed by Martin Scorsese.
In 1994 he wrote Loyalty & Betrayal: The Story of the American Mob and Casino the following year. in 2007 he wrote Kings of South Beach and was the screenwriter of American Gangster, movie directed by Ridley Scott.
Mr. Pileggi got married to his beloved wife Nora Ephron in 1987 and loved and honor her until her last breath on June 26, 2012.
Our thoughts and prayers and with him and Nora’s sons, other family members, friends and fans throughout this sad time.
Nora’s will was revealed on September, most of her estate worth about $15 million was left to her husband Mr. Pileggi, plus he left $500,000 for her sister Delia, $100,000 for her sister Amy, and $25,000 to a third sister, Hallie Ephron Touger, $100,000 to John Sacha, Teodolinda Diaz was left $25,000. These last two are her longtime employees.
Columnist Richard Cohen was left with Nora’s 1938 drawing by Henri Matisse, her sons Max and Jacob were provided for in a separate trust.