What Nora Ephron gave to business – Postcards
Nora Ephron, who died of leukemia on Tuesday at 71, made everyone more human.
Herself, when she felt “bad about my neck.”
Her movie characters, when Harry met Sally and fell in love.
Nora made business funny as she made all of us, her many friends and millions of fans, more human.
I remember bumping into Nora in November of 2007, at a breakfast with her good friend Arianna Huffingtron. Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos had just announced a new product called the Kindle, which Nora had read about and decided was “an homage to books without in any way promising their extinction.” She had immediately ordered three Kindles for herself and her two sons.
Weeks later, Nora told me that the Kindles never arrived. She was annoyed and cranky–emotions that Nora wore better than the rest of us–so I invited her to write about her woes in Fortune. She delivered “Me and My Kindle” about the e-reader she never got. After we published her essay, we bought Nora a Kindle.
Nora was the sharpest and smartest writer-director out there. She could take a stick a butter and make an amusing story out of it–and maybe a delicious souffle too. Here’s what Nora wrote in 2009 when I asked her to tell us “The Best Advice I Ever Got.”:
Never put tomatoes in the refrigerator.
Location, location, location.
Life is too short.
Strange Random Nora Ephron Quote:
“I don’t want to be someone that you’re settling for. I don’t want to be someone that anyone settles for. Marriage is hard enough without bringing such low expectations into it, isn’t it?” – Walter from Sleepless in Seattle
- Nora Ephron, Talented Screenwriter, Passes Away (hark.com)
- You: Nora Ephron Dead at 71 (thedailybeast.com)
- Playwright and Filmmaker Nora Ephron Dies at 71 (broadwayworld.com)
- Nora Ephron, writer-filmmaker, dies at 71 (dailyherald.com)
- Nora Ephron had a reputation for sharpness, but she was absurdly kind (guardian.co.uk)
- Nora Ephron Dead: Crestfallen in Chicago (newsy1blog.com)
- Writing advice from Nora Ephron, who died this evening (liturgical.wordpress.com)
Posted on June 30, 2012, in Article and tagged Amazon Kindle, Amazon.com, IHOP, Jeff Bezos, Julia Stewart, Nancy Pelosi, Nora, Nora Ephron, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.