Nora Ephron


American Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist, Author and Blogger, 3-time Nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplays for films "Silkwood", "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle"

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When you are actually going to have your last meal, you?ll either be too sick to have it or you aren?t gonna know it?s your last meal and you could squander it on something like a tuna melt and that would be ironic? I feel it?s important to have that last meal today, tomorrow, soon.

You can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.

I am living in the Google years, no question of that. And there are advantages to it. When you forget something, you can whip out your iPhone and go to Google. The Senior Moment has become the Google moment, and it has a much nicer, hipper, younger, more contemporary sound, doesn't it? By handling the obligations of the search mechanism, you almost prove you can keep up.... You can't retrieve your life (unless you're on Wikipedia, in which case you can retrieve an inaccurate version of it).

I live in an apartment. I could never live anywhere but in an apartment. I love apartments because I lose everything. Apartments are horizontal, so it's much easier to find the things I lose-- such as my glasses, gloves, wallet, lipstick, book, magazine, cell phone, and credit card. The other day I actually lost a piece of cheese in my apartment.

If there's a sexier sound on this planet than the person you're in love with cooing over the crepes you made for him, I don't know what it is.

Men? I hate them. I?ve always hated them. You wonder why I always hang around with women and never with men, it?s because men do things like this.

She's talking about condominiums, my friend Betty Searle called up to say one day. Obviously she's involved with someone. Are you sure? I said. Of course I'm sure, said Betty. The question is who. She thought for a minute. Maybe it's Senator Campbell, she said. He's talking condominiums, too. Senators always talk about condominiums, I said. That's true, said Betty.

The divorce has lasted way longer than the marriage, but finally it?s over. Enough about that. The point is that for a long time, the fact that I was divorced was the most important thing about me. And now it?s not.

To state the obvious, romantic comedies have to be funny and they have to be romantic. But one of the most important things, for me anyway, is that they be about two strong people finding their way to love.

When you give up your apartment in New York and move to another city, New York becomes the worst version of itself.

You can?t retrieve your life (unless you?re on Wikipedia, in which case you can retrieve an inaccurate version of it).

I am never completely cold. I don?t have writer?s block really. I do have times when I can?t get the lead and that is the only part of the story which I have serious trouble with. I don?t write a word of the article until I have the lead. It just sets the whole tone?the whole point of view. I know exactly where I am going as soon as I have the lead. ? But as for being cold?as a newspaper reporter you learn that no one tolerates you if you are cold. It?s one thing you are not allowed to be. It?s not professional. You have to turn the story in. There is no room for the artist.

I live in New York City. I could never live anywhere else. The events of September 11 forced me to confront the fact that no matter what, I live here and always will. One of my favorite things about New York is that you can pick up the phone and order anything and someone will deliver it to you. Once I lived for a year in another city, and almost every waking hour of my life was spent going to stores, buying things, loading them into the car, bringing them home, unloading them, and carrying them into the house. How anyone gets anything done in these places is a mystery to me.

In business, there is no such thing as synergy in the good sense of the term.

Most directors, I discovered, need to be convinced that the screenplay they?re going to direct has something to do with them. And this is a tricky thing if you write screenplays where women have parts that are equal to or greater than the male part. And I thought, 'Why am I out there looking for directors?' ? because you look at a list of directors, it?s all boys. It certainly was when I started as a screenwriter. So I thought, 'I?m just gonna become a director and that?ll make it easier.'

So Lillian Ross came to the party. Before dinner, she asked my mother for a tour of the house. My mother showed her around, and at a certain point, Ross came upon a picture of my three sisters and me. Are these your children? she asked my mother. Yes, my mother said. Do you ever see them? Lillian Ross asked. That did it. My mother walked Lillian Ross downstairs and back to McKelway. Out, she said.

The hardest thing about writing is writing.

Vera said: ?Why do you feel you have to turn everything into a story?? So I told her why. Because if I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me. Because if I tell the story, it doesn't hurt as much. Because if I tell the story, I can get on with it.

When you have a baby, you set off an explosion in your marriage, and when the dust settles, your marriage is different from what it was. Not better, necessarily; not worse, necessarily; but different.

You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets.

I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

I look as young as a person can look given how old I am.

In these days of physical fitness, hair dye, and plastic surgery, you can live much of your life without feeling or even looking old. But then one day, your knee goes, or your shoulder, or your back, or your hip. Your hot flashes come to an end; things droop. Spots appear. Your cleavage looks like a peach pit. If your elbows faced forward, you would kill yourself. You?re two inches shorter than you used to be. You?re ten pounds fatter and you cannot lose a pound of it to save your soul. Your hands don?t work as well as they once did and you can?t open bottles, jars, wrappers, and especially those gadgets that are encased tightly in what seems to be molded Mylar. If you were stranded on a desert island and your food were sealed in plastic packaging, you would starve to death. You take so many pills in the morning you don?t have room for breakfast.

My idea of a perfect day is a frozen custard at Shake Shack and a walk in the park. (Followed by a Lactaid.) My idea of a perfect night is a good play and dinner at Orso. (But no garlic, or I won't be able to sleep.) The other day I found a bakery that bakes my favorite childhood cake, and it was everything I remembered: it made my week.

So many of the conscious and unconscious ways men and women treat each other have to do with romantic and sexual fantasies that are deeply ingrained not just in society but in literature.The women?s movement may manage to clean up the mess in society, but I don?t know if it can clean up the mess in our minds.

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American Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Journalist, Author and Blogger, 3-time Nominee for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplays for films "Silkwood", "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle"