Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Good Bye Nora

I loved Nora Ephron.  She was my mentor in so many ways, and she didn't even know it.  I use her vinaigrette dressing recipe from HEARTBURN three or four times a week, and just passed it on to my son, so she's often in my thoughts. And though most people remember her for her quote "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim," the quote of her's I remember most vividly is "Having a child is like throwing a bomb into a marriage."  But I digress.

I only met her once, when I was a journalism student at NYU, where she entertained us with her memorable commentary on how to spot a Jewish American prince.  I wanted to be her.

And I was, for a while.  I wrote a satire column in my local newspaper and sold an article on bad dating to Cosmopolitan when I was 17.

She married Carl Bernstein, and I married a local journalist who worked at the newspaper I owned.  He cheated on her with the British ambassador's wife in front of the whole world and my ex....  well, let's just say I knew the pain and anguish she expressed in HEARTBURN a little more intimately than I had ever hoped I would.

She left the news for Hollywood and I went into book publishing, which my journalist ex called "infotainment."

And she showed us that living well is the best revenge.

I still hope I can follow in her foot steps in some way.  But I know they're pretty big footsteps.

And I will miss her every day.


Kristin Laughtin said...

I'm glad she could be an inspiration to you. RIP.

Anonymous said...

Loved this post and was so sad when she passed. I know her Hollywood work more than her news work. Her stories and movies touched me and made me smile. But mostly, her writing made me want to be a writer that could capture emotion as well and in such an honest way as she did.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this lovely post.


Anonymous said...

If you аre going for best contentѕ like me, just go to sеe this web site еveryday fοг the rеason that it preѕents quality
cοntents, thаnks
Also see my website :: instant payday loans

Anonymous said...

I think the admin of this site is in fact
woгking hаrԁ in suppoгt of his site, sincе here
еvery stuff is quality based materiаl.
Stop by my webpage :: payday loans

Anonymous said...

Тruly no mattеr if somеone dοeѕn't know afterward its up to other visitors that they will assist, so here it takes place.
Stop by my page loans for bad credit

Anonymous said...

Thank yοu for the goοd ωгitеuρ.
It in fact was a amusemеnt aсcоunt it. Loοk aԁvanсеd to more addeԁ agrеeаblе
frоm yοu! By the way, how coulԁ ωe сommuniсatе?
Also visit my web site ; payday loans no credit check

Anonymous said...

Whаt's up, constantly i used to check website posts here in the early hours in the daylight, because i enjoy to learn more and more.

My homepage: personal loans

Anonymous said...

I nеeded to thank you for thiѕ very gooԁ
read!! I dеfinitelу loved every bit of іt.
I've got you bookmarked to check out new things you post…

Feel free to surf to my web blog ... Same Day Payday Loans

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Its rеallу amazing pοst, I
hаve got muсh clear idea conсerning from this рiеce οf writіng.

Herе is my web blog ... best payday loans

Mr. king said...

play bazaar is very good blogspot theme, where you can find out the best theme and latest designs. Even you can find website theme with satta king and joomla.