Nora Ephron has died, Twitter shares memories and condolences!/morninggloria/status/217734796816818176

Oh, dear. Liz Smith published what appeared to be an obituary for Nora Ephron, sparking rumors that the Hollywood legend had died.

Liz Smith Seems to Eulogize Nora Ephron; Director's Camp Won't Confirm or Deny Rumors

— Megan McCarthy (@Megan) June 26, 2012

There's no credible report that Nora Ephron has died, but Liz Smith sure seems to make it seem that way here:

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) June 26, 2012

Liz Smith pulled that oddly written obit, looks like it was a mistake leading to some thinking that Nora Ephron had died.

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) June 26, 2012

For reals? RT @KateAurthur This strange Liz Smith piece says that Nora Ephron has died, and that is what I hear, too

— Sarah Weinman (@sarahw) June 26, 2012

Liz Smith eulogizes Nora Ephron but NO CONFIRMATION ANYWHERE THAT SHE'S DEAD (hope she isn't): (via @KateAurthur) – J

— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) June 26, 2012

Twitter users wait for confirmation or denial.

Liz Smith did NOT say Nora Ephron is dead, she said "YOUUUUUK"

— max read (@max_read) June 26, 2012

Right now we have a Schrodinger's Nora Ephron situation.

— Devin Faraci (@devincf) June 26, 2012

If Nora Ephron IS alive, can we all go home tonight and live-tweet watching Sleepless in Seattle and breath a collective sigh of relief?

— Kate Spencer (@katespencer) June 26, 2012

A world with no Nora Ephron may be a world with no more I Love You's. I'd say "never forget," but with TBS's schedule, you literally can't.

— bobby finger (@bobbyfinger) June 26, 2012

BREAKING: Supreme Court rules 6-3 that they are pretty sure Nora Ephron is still alive. Alito quoting TMZ in a lengthy dissent.

— Andy Daglas (@AndyDaglas) June 26, 2012

How meta would it be if Nora Ephron was working on a script about two people falling in love during a twitter rumor, You've Got Mail style?

— Karen E. Miller (@Karen_e_miller) June 26, 2012

All this misinformation about Nora Ephron is upsetting. Think I'll go home & watch You've Got Mail for the millionth time, just to be safe.

— Mary Kate Castellani (@MKCastellani) June 26, 2012

Wait, what?

Liz Smith's obit for Nora Ephron is back up now, was down briefly, but there's no reputable report Ephron has died

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) June 26, 2012

Now you are just toying with people, Liz Smith. Not cool.


RT @juliebosman: Nora Ephron's publisher, Knopf, tells the NYT that she is still alive.

— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) June 26, 2012

It seems as if Liz Smith published an obituary prematurely. Reports indicate that Nora Ephron is alive, but is very, very ill.

Just got rightfully and privately called out for my Nora Ephron joke. I thought death was a hoax. She influenced my writing too. I'm sorry

— Cathleen Ritt (@CathleenRitt) June 26, 2012

MT @writerchica: Nora Ephron news is not a hoax but she has not passed away. She is not expected to make it thru tonight. This is the truth.

— Julie Moos (@juliemmoos) June 26, 2012

Reports saying Nora Ephron is not dead but very sick. Keep your eyes open for updates.

— Paige Kimble (@rhiannonrevolts) June 26, 2012

#CNN confirms via Nora Ephron's agent that Ephron has NOT passed away. The agency would not comment on details of Ephron's health.

— David Daniel (@CNNLADavid) June 26, 2012

Our prayers are with Ms. Ephron and her loved ones. Twitchy will monitor this sad news and update as information is released.

@mattsinger TMZ is reporting that Ephron's family says she's not dead but is gravely ill and will likely die tonight.

— Bart (@bart_smith) June 26, 2012

More from TMZ:

Nora Ephron — the legendary Hollywood writer who penned the screenplays for “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally” — is gravely ill … family members are telling close friends.

The nature of her illness is unclear … however there are reports she is suffering from cancer and is not expected to make it through the night.

There is speculation that Nora has already passed away — we’re told that’s not true … but there is little hope she will recover from her current condition.

71-year-old Ephron was nominated for 3 Academy Awards in her illustrious Hollywood career … and was widely considered one of the most powerful women in the entertainment industry.

Ms. Ephron is a writer, director and producer. She has written novels, including “Heartburn,” and screenplays, including “Silkwood” and “When Harry Met Sally.” She also directed and co-wrote “Sleepless in Seattle.”

She is also a wife and mother; our prayers are also with her husband and children.

Update: Nora Ephron’s agent is confirming the news: She’s gravely ill with leukemia.

RT @weeddude: Nora Ephron’s agent Bryan Lourd tells ABC News that Nora Ephron is very ill with leukemia. (@ABCWorldNews)

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) June 26, 2012

Prayers and thoughts going out from around the Twittersphere:

Very very sad. All my thoughts and prayers with Nora Ephron and her family tonight.

— Campbell Brown (@campbell_brown) June 26, 2012

prayers to a genius RT“@ABCWorldNews: #BreakingNews: Ephron’s agent Bryan Lourd tells ABC News that Nora Ephron is very ill with leukemia.”

— Robin L (@mom22rs) June 26, 2012

Prayers going up for Nora Ephron.

— Jamey_Giddens (@Jamey_Giddens) June 26, 2012

I didn't realize that Ephron had actually been sick. Heart goes out to her.

— J.P. Freire (@JPFreire) June 26, 2012

You guys, it breaks my heart to hear Nora Ephron is sick. She spoke wonderfully at my college once and has always been an inspiration.

— Aimee Friedman (@aimeefriedman) June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron might not have invented the rom-com, but she helped perfect it. She's legendary.

— Megan Elizabeth (@megstro) June 26, 2012

So sorry to hear Nora Ephron is gravely ill. Thank you for the stories and laughter.

— Sarah Pekkanen (@sarahpekkanen) June 26, 2012

+1 RT @SarahT_ESPN Really sad to hear about Nora Ephron's health. Her essays and plays kept me up many nights. Hard to sleep when laughing.

— Stina Sternberg (@StinaSternberg) June 26, 2012

Say a prayer for Nora Ephron. Say two.

— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron has paved the way for may women writers & directors. Hope she continues her own adventure in the great way only she could write.

— Beth Armogida (@BethArmogida) June 26, 2012

Update: Twitter users continue to send prayers and share thoughts about Ms. Ephron and her legendary work.

Thoughts with Nora Ephron

— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 26, 2012

"I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are." Nora Ephron

— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) June 26, 2012

“If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.” – Nora Ephron #nerdland

— Kathryn Brusco (@KathrynBruscoBk) June 26, 2012

“I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times.” – Nora Ephron #nerdland #foodies

— Kathryn Brusco (@KathrynBruscoBk) June 26, 2012

Sincerely saddened by news that Nora Ephron, though alive, seems gravely ill. She has been an iconic voice in film, books, and for women.

— Jason Pinter (@jasonpinter) June 26, 2012

Update: Rest in peace, Nora Ephron. Our prayers are with your family and all of your loved ones in their time of grief and loss.

RIP, Nora. RT @CBSNews CBS News has learned that Nora Ephron has died in New York of Leukemia

— Lisa Myer (@La_Raconteur) June 27, 2012

The Washington Post reports the death of Nora Ephron at 71. That is a bright, bright light dimmed.

— Sam Sifton (@SamSifton) June 27, 2012

It's officially official, and terrible news any way you look at it. RIP, Nora Ephron.

— Sarah Weinman (@sarahw) June 27, 2012

More from CBS:

NEW YORK – Nora Ephron, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and director behind such hits as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” has passed away, CBS News has learned.

Nicholas Latimer of Alfred A. Knopf confirmed to the Associated Press earlier Tuesday her deteriorating condition hours after celebrity columnist and friend Liz Smith published what appeared to be a memorial for the writer.

Smith told The Associated Press that she had spoken to Ephron’s son Jacob on Tuesday morning and was told that Ephron was dying. She said when she heard that funeral plans had been arranged, she published the column on the website Women on the Web.

“I was confused because I was told to come to the funeral on Thursday,” Smith said. “It’s bad enough.”

Twitter users, including journalists, authors and celebrities, express their condolences.

RIP Nora Ephron. So sad. She brought such humor and empowerment to so many.

— Cheyenne Jackson (@cheyennejackson) June 27, 2012

A great loss RIP RT @MickiMaynard Here is a series of pieces by Nora Ephron from @NewYorker. You can hear her voice.

— Amy Resnick (@AmyResnick) June 27, 2012

very sad news: nora ephron, writer of when harry met sally + sleepless in seattle, died. we were friendly. she was so kind. i was big fan.

— Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin) June 27, 2012

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” RIP Nora Ephron

— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) June 27, 2012

RT @ktumulty: RIP #noraephron. Heaven is now a much funnier place – and more acutely observed.

— David Beard (@dabeard) June 27, 2012

Heartbroken in Manhattan: @ariannahuff pays tribute to Nora Ephron

— Huffington Post Blog (@HuffPostBlog) June 27, 2012

Mourning loss of Nora Ephron, a NYC icon whose creativity made us laugh, cry & smile for decades. Our thoughts are with her family tonight.

— Scott M. Stringer (@scottmstringer) June 27, 2012

R.I.P Nora Ephron. A witty, charming, lovely person.

— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 27, 2012

.@MikeBloomberg calls Nora Ephron "a dear friend," says her loss "is a devastating one for NYC's arts & cultural community."

— Kate Taylor (@katetaylornyt) June 27, 2012

From her earliest days at New York City’s newspapers to her biggest Hollywood successes, Nora Ephron loved a good New York story.

— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) June 27, 2012

The @nytimes obit of Nora Ephron, who died tonight in Manhattan:

— Michael Paulson (@MichaelPaulson) June 27, 2012

More from The New York Times:

In addition to her son Jacob Bernstein, a journalist who writes frequently for the Styles section of The Times, Ms. Ephron is survived by Mr. Pileggi; another son, Max, a musician; and her sisters Delia Ephron; Amy Ephron, who is also a screenwriter; and Hallie Ephron, a journalist and novelist.

In person Ms. Ephron — small and fine-boned with high cheeks and a toothy smile — had the same understated, though no less witty, style that she brought to the page.

“Sitting at a table with Nora was like being in a Nora Ephron movie,” Ms. Quinn said. “She was brilliant and funny.”

She was also fussy about her hair and made a point of having it professionally blow-dried twice a week. “It’s cheaper by far than psychoanalysis and much more uplifting,” Ms. Ephron said.

Another friend, Robert Gottlieb, who had edited her books since the 1970s, called Ms. Ephron’s death “terrible for her readers and her movie audience and her colleagues.” But “the private Nora was even more remarkable,” he added, saying she was “always there for you with a full heart plus the crucial dose of the reality principle.”

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Many Twitter users are remembering their favorite Ephron writings.

Here is a series of pieces by Nora Ephron from @NewYorker. You can hear her voice.

— Micheline Maynard (@MickiMaynard) June 27, 2012

Your wits and funny lines will live. RIP. *in real tears* “@Variety RIP Nora Ephron; writer-director dies at 71.

— Nauval Yazid (@carnauval) June 27, 2012

"My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next." Nora Ephron RIP

— Retweets for Writers (@Retweets4Writer) June 27, 2012

@nytimes: Our archive of @nytimes coverage of Nora Ephron's life & career:

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) June 27, 2012

This too. RT @DukeStJournal: RT @KT_Anna: Fantastic archive of Nora Ephron writing: via @NewYorker

— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) June 27, 2012

RT @SamSifton: Chip McGrath's obituary for Nora Ephron, a wry woman of letters, is up @nytimes:

— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) June 27, 2012

In person, Nora Ephron was surprisingly sweet and generous, layered with funny and stiletto sharp. A great combo.

— Mark Horowitz (@markhor) June 27, 2012

Women's Twitter reactions to Nora Ephron's death via @HuffPostWomen

— Melissa Stewart (@MelissaOnline) June 27, 2012

Remembering Nora Ephron: Here's a compendium of some of her greatest lines

— Sandra Sully (@Sandra_Sully) June 27, 2012

Nora Ephron had sparkle and charm and wit and made those in her presence feel we did too

— deborah needleman (@debbieneedles) June 27, 2012

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” – Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

— goodreads (@goodreads) June 27, 2012

Her lively, bright and witty earthly voice has been silenced, sadly. But her words will continue to be read and heard for eternity. What a legacy, Ms. Ephron.

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