When I Grow Up I Want to be Nora Ephron

Tom Hanks on the recently-departed Nora Ephron:

For a wrap gift, she would send you a note saying something like, “A man is going to come to your house to plant an orange tree — or apple or pomegranate or whatever — and you will eat its fruit for the rest of your days.” Rita and I chose orange, and the fruit has been lovely, sweet and abundant, just as Nora promised — a constant and perfect reminder of the woman we loved so much.

While they weren’t really written for my demographic, I was a huge fan of Ephron’s films, especially 1986’s Heartburn, written by her and directed by Mike Nichols. That film came out the first year after I left home for good, and seeing it felt like a window into what lay ahead.


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