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Nora Ephron was one of the most popular, accomplished, and beloved writers in American journalism and film. Nora Ephron: A Biography is the first comprehensive portrait of the Manhattan-born girl who forged a path of her own, earning accolades and adoration from critics and fans alike. Author Kristin Marguerite Doidge explores the tremendous successes and disappointing fail Nora Ephron was one of the most popular, accomplished, and beloved writers in American journalism and film. Nora Ephron: A Biography is the first comprehensive portrait of the Manhattan-born girl who forged a path of her own, earning accolades and adoration from critics and fans alike. Author Kristin Marguerite Doidge explores the tremendous successes and disappointing failures Ephron sustained in her career as a popular essayist turned screenwriter turned film director. She redefined the modern rom-com genre with bestselling books such as Heartburn and hit movies including When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia. Doidge also examines the private life Ephron tried to keep in balance with her insatiable ambition. Based on rare archival research and numerous interviews with some of Ephron's closest friends, collaborators, and award-winning colleagues including actors Tom Hanks and Caroline Aaron, comedian Martin Short, composer George Fenton, and lifelong friends from Wellesley to New York to Hollywood—as well as interviews Ephron herself gave throughout her career—award-winning journalist and cultural critic Doidge has written a captivating story of the life of a creative writer whose passion for the perfect one-liner and ferocious drive to succeed revolutionized journalism, comedy, and film. The first in-depth biography to explore the complex themes that ran through Ephron's work and to examine why so many of them still grab our attention today.


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Nora Ephron was one of the most popular, accomplished, and beloved writers in American journalism and film. Nora Ephron: A Biography is the first comprehensive portrait of the Manhattan-born girl who forged a path of her own, earning accolades and adoration from critics and fans alike. Author Kristin Marguerite Doidge explores the tremendous successes and disappointing fail Nora Ephron was one of the most popular, accomplished, and beloved writers in American journalism and film. Nora Ephron: A Biography is the first comprehensive portrait of the Manhattan-born girl who forged a path of her own, earning accolades and adoration from critics and fans alike. Author Kristin Marguerite Doidge explores the tremendous successes and disappointing failures Ephron sustained in her career as a popular essayist turned screenwriter turned film director. She redefined the modern rom-com genre with bestselling books such as Heartburn and hit movies including When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia. Doidge also examines the private life Ephron tried to keep in balance with her insatiable ambition. Based on rare archival research and numerous interviews with some of Ephron's closest friends, collaborators, and award-winning colleagues including actors Tom Hanks and Caroline Aaron, comedian Martin Short, composer George Fenton, and lifelong friends from Wellesley to New York to Hollywood—as well as interviews Ephron herself gave throughout her career—award-winning journalist and cultural critic Doidge has written a captivating story of the life of a creative writer whose passion for the perfect one-liner and ferocious drive to succeed revolutionized journalism, comedy, and film. The first in-depth biography to explore the complex themes that ran through Ephron's work and to examine why so many of them still grab our attention today.

32 review for Nora Ephron: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    IN the past few years we have lost relatively young and excessively talented celebrities., the loss of Nora Ephron and Carrie Fisher were two of the greatest losses. These two women had unique voices that challenged the patrimony that was, and still is, Hollywood. If you are a true Nora Ephron fan (that means you own The Most of Nora Ephron in hardcover), much of the biographical information in this book is not new or surprising. The eldest child of a theatrical writing team, Phoebe and Henry Eph IN the past few years we have lost relatively young and excessively talented celebrities., the loss of Nora Ephron and Carrie Fisher were two of the greatest losses. These two women had unique voices that challenged the patrimony that was, and still is, Hollywood. If you are a true Nora Ephron fan (that means you own The Most of Nora Ephron in hardcover), much of the biographical information in this book is not new or surprising. The eldest child of a theatrical writing team, Phoebe and Henry Ephron. It is from alcoholic , Phoebe that Nora got the central theme of her life: Everything is copy: Heartburn (divorce from Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein);When Harry Met Sally with all of Nora's neuroses on displays, Sleepless in Seattle; and her love affair with food, Julie and Julia. Her portfolio is much, much larger than these movies, but these are the movies she will be most remembered for. The one thing that I found is that I immediately started searching for other titles that are mentioned in the book to rewatch and try to figure out Nora-sized hits. There is a great deal of behind the scenes description of life on a Nora Ephron movie set. In short, the director is exacting but encouraged actors to have a voice; the craft table was beyond reproach, and Nora did what she wanted exactly as she wanted it. She was a perfectionist which usually worked for her. This part of the book is fine. This is the Nora you didn't always see on the talk shows. She had a bad case of oldest child bossiness, but those that loved her loved her despite her shortcomings. The last part of the book, IMO, fell apart. You really need a graphic presentation of the people she mentored and how her mentoring was reflected in their work. It is confusing and I suspect Nora, herself, would have taken a red pencil to that entire sequence. Despite this unnecessary detour, Nora Ephron: A Biography, is not a really original look at the life and work of this, pioneering larger than life , birdlike woman. However, you will find yourself saying,out loud, "Oh, I didn't know she wrote/directed that." You will have to pay rental fees because many of the lesser known are older (nineties and 2000s, her most productive time). i had hoped for something new and definitive. This book is fine, but I didn't learn much that was new.

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