I am a big fan of Nora Ephron. Her writing, her movies, and her style. Last night, as I watched the documentary Everything is Copy, I teared up, overcome by sadness, but then I smiled, and even laughed, as the story brought us moments of her life…memorable ones.
When the screen flashed with images and thoughts on her best-selling novel Heartburn (and the subsequent movie, which I also loved), I remembered that I had a hardcover copy of the book…but then I panicked. Had it gone out with the donations bins? Oh, no!
I found it…Yay! And my book is in pristine condition…who knew?
The novel, of course, is a fictionalized version of her second marriage to Carl Bernstein, of the famous Woodward & Bernstein journalistic team from the Washington Post, who exposed the Watergate fiasco, etc.
What I loved most, in addition to the memories of her books and her movies, was how the story showed us, finally, a really happy marriage to her third husband, Nick Pileggi. Some believed that the husband of Julia Childs portrayed in the film, Julie & Julia, was inspired by Nora’s husband Nick.
I loved watching the documentary, and my final thoughts: who can take up the mantle she left behind? Who can women find to inspire them like Nora did?
Just the fact that I’m using her first name here is a reminder to me of how much her books, movies, and essays have infiltrated our minds and hearts. Especially those of us who came up during the 70s, 80s, and beyond. Those who sought role models in the world of books and movies.
What do you think? Did she inspire you?