Screenwriter and director Nora Ephron worked with some of the most famous and accomplished actors in the movie business during her 30-odd years in Hollywood. Ephron’s influence on film in that time is hard to overstate — and she was also known as a vivacious host, who became close friends with many of her collaborators. So when news of her death at the age of 71 started to spread Tuesday night, her friends and collaborators were left reeling.
Billy Crystal, whose titular role in the Nora Ephron-penned 1989 classic “When Harry Met Sally” was arguably his most famous film appearance, sent a written statement on the sad event to The Huffington Post:
“I am very sad to learn of Nora’s passing. She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg’s Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words. “