While working at the , Nora Ephron also began writing occasional essays for publications such as , and . Her work as a reporter won acclaim as part of the "New Journalism" movement of the 1960s, in which the author's personal voice became part of the story. Her humorous 1972 essay, "A Few Words About Breasts," made her name as an essayist. As a regular columnist for , she became one of America's best-known humorists. Her essays, often focusing on sex, food, and New York City, were collected in a series of best-selling volumes, , and .
Nora Ephron enjoyed her greatest success yet with (1989), a romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. The film struck an instant chord with audiences and became an international hit. Ephron had seen her parents' writing careers falter in their 50s, as they both fell prey to alcohol and the fickle fashions of Hollywood. Ephron contemplated a transition to directing, in part to protect her own writing career in an industry still largely inhospitable to films by or about women. Unfortunately, her directing debut, , about the struggles of a single mother working as a stand-up comic, was a box office disappointment. Ephron knew her future as a director would stand or fall with her next assignment.
Nora Ephron will be honored at Sunday's East Coast ceremony for the 2013 Writers Guild Awards.
The WGA East announced Wednesday that author Meg Wolitzer will lead the tribute to the late screenwriter, director, playwright, author and longtime guild member at New York City's B.B. King Blues Club.
"At this year’s Writers Guild Awards East Coast ceremony, we will mark the passing of one of our most distinguished and creative members," said WGA East president Michael Winship. "Nora Ephron’s life and body of work were those of a quintessential New Yorker, but not only did she embody the sophistication, wit and energy of our city, she was also a loyal union member who walked the picket line and talked the talk on behalf of all her fellow writers."
Ephron, whose biggest screenwriting credits include Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally ... and Sleepless in Seattle, died in June 2012 of complications resulting from leukemia. She received the WGA's Ian McClellan Hunter Award for her motion picture work in 2003.
The tribute is set to include video with clips of Ephron’s characteristic style from her many films and television interviews.
The West Coast iteration of the WGA Awards, also taking place Sunday, will be held at the JW Marriott at LA Live.