Remembering Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron—essayist, novelist, and filmmaker—died June 26 at age 71.

She leaves behind some hugely enjoyable films. Here are a few choice ones that can be found in the library’s collection. Check out:

Silkwood (1983): Ephron wrote (Mike Nichols directed) this story about the life and mysterious death of Oklahoma nuclear worker and whistleblower Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep).

When Harry Met Sally (1989): Ephron wrote (Rob Reiner directed) this perennially popular romance about friends who become something more. With Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Sleepless in Seattle (1993): Ephron co-wrote and directed this romantic charmer starring Tom Hanks as a widower and Meg Ryan as a woman who falls for him over the radio.

Michael (1996): An idiosyncratic angel (John Travolta) shows up in a small town, changing the lives of the locals (Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins). Ephron directed and co-wrote.

You’ve Got Mail (1998): Hanks and Ryan team up again for a NYC love story set in a book store. Not as good as Sleepless..., but then what is?

Julie & Julia (2009): Writer/director Ephron cannily blended the story of famed cook Julia Child (Oscar nominee Meryl Streep) with that of Julie Powell (Amy Adams), who devoted a year to cooking every dish in Child’s monumental French cookbook.

About the Author

Robert W. Butler is a lifelong Kansas City area resident, a graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School and the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. For several decades he was the movie editor of the Kansas City Star; he now writes a movie-themed blog at He joined the Library's Public Affairs team in 2012.

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