Nora Ephron, the screenwriter and director whose sharp, edgy romantic comedies featuring strong women took her to the top ranks of a film industry mostly dominated by men, has died.
She was 71.
Ephron died Tuesday surrounded by relatives at a New York hospital, where she was undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, her family said in a statement.
She wore many hats: essayist, playwright, journalist, novelist, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and a movie director.
An accomplished screenwriter, her romantic comedies featured strong but appealing characters who tackled relationship issues with a comic insight into their situations.
They included box office hits "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," both of which earned her screenwriting Oscar nominations.
She also received an Oscar nomination for "Silkwood," the story of anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood.
"An amazingly talented girl who was able to accomplish everything she set her mind to with great style and will be missed enormously," actor Martin Landau said in a statement.
Ephron also wrote and directed "Julie & Julia," which earned Meryl Streep a best actress Oscar nomination in 2010.
"What a loss. A magnificent spirit and voice. She changed romantic comedy forever," actress Debra Messing said.