There can be no denying that Nora Ephron loved New York City. A writer and director, two of her most famous films – When Harry Met Sally
and You’ve Got Mail
- were, among many things, a love letter to the hustle and bustle of the famous city.
Since it was confirmed that the actress had succumbed to her battle with a rare type of leukaemia, several notable New York names have taken to Twitter to express their sorrow at the loss of the Hollywood talent.
"Nora Ephron always loved a good New York story," New York mayor Mike Bloomberg posted
on Tuesday, "and she could tell them like no one else."
Comedian and New York Times bestselling author Andy Borowitz also took a break from his humorous tweets to post
: "You’re going to hear a lot of stories about all the people Nora Ephron helped. They’re all true."
Lena Dunham , creator and star of HBO’s dramedy television series Girls
, took to her Twitter account to express her feelings about Ephron’s death.
"Today I think only of Nora," she wrote
. "Her work will forever be one of the greatest gifts of my life, her friendship even more so."
Comedian and actor Steve Martin was also among the celebrities offering his condolences on the social networking site.
"She was the one you wanted to read, to listen to, to be in the company of. Nora Ephron. Incomparable wit; delightful friend. Sadness reigns," he wrote
Since Ephron’s passing, many have taken to remembering her fondly through the legacy of films she left behind. Renowned for her wit and humour, Ephron was also considered a champion of feminism by some.
"Understand: Every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: Get back, get back to where you (women) once belonged ... Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you -- whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you," she once famously proclaimed
to an audience of Wellesley graduates.
"What I’m saying is, don’t delude yourself that the powerful cultural values that wrecked the lives of so many of my classmates have vanished from the earth. Don’t let the New York Times article about the brilliant success of Wellesley graduates in the business world fool you -- there’s still a glass ceiling. Don’t let the number of women in the workforce trick you -- there are still lots of magazines devoted almost exclusively to making perfect casseroles."
Her scripts and films are also considered as providing a progressive role for women’s roles within the romantic comedy genre. As actress Jessica Biel acknowledged
: "Nora Ephron...thank you for your ground breaking contributions for women in the film industry. You have truly paved the way. With respect..."
As the condolences continued to pour in, her films When Harry Met Sally
and You’ve Got Mail
, soon became trending topics on Twitter.