After interning for US president John F Kennedy in the early '60s, Ephron became a journalist for the New York Post and became known for her satirical writing and reflective essays. Hollywood beckoned, and Ephron went on to write the screenplays for Silkwood (1983) and romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally (1989).
As a director, she helmed the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan films Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, as well as drama This Is My Life and the big screen remake of Bewitched. Her final movie, 2009's Julie & Julia, won Meryl Streep a Best Actress Academy Award nomination.
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