UPDATE: Nora Ephron, a wise and warm chronicler of contemporary culture and society, has died. She was 71. Ephron was known first for her short stories and then for her films - "When Harry Met Sally,'' "You've Got Mail'' and "Sleepless in Seattle." according to THE WASHINGTON POST
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Nora Ephron, the celebrated screenwriter and director, is gravely ill, but her agency CAA and her publisher Knopf denied reports that surfaced on the web Tuesday afternoon that she had died.
Ephron, best known for penning the screenplays for Sleepless in Seattle (1993), When Harry Met Sally … (1989) and You've Got Mail (1998), had not been reported as ill prior to a story from gossip columnist Liz Smith -- which repeatedly referred to the 71-year-old in the past tense while never pronouncing her dead.
Smith's story was soon edited, but when speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Smith said that she'd spoken with Ephron's son Jacob Bernstein.
“I was told this morning that she was dying, but I can’t confirm it,” she said. Smith went on to say that Bernstein told her that the the family was planning for the funeral. But when no confirmation of Ephron’s death was forthcoming, Smith revised what she wrote.
“I have had to put everything in the present tense,” she wrote. “It’s bad enough that she’s dying, but I don’t want to be the cause for everyone to grieve in advance."
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
(Posted by Schmooze Correspondent Mary Wallace)