Quick Facts of Nora Ephron

  • Full NameNora Ephron
  • Net Worth$ 40 million
  • Date of Birth19 May, 1941
  • Marital Status Yes
  • BirthplaceNew York City, U.S.
  • ProfessionAmerican journalist, writer, and filmmaker
  • Nationality American
  • Active Year1973 to 2012
  • Children2 sons
Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron was a renowned  American journalist and film writer. She was also known for her romantic comedy films, Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally…, and Sleepless at Seattle. Further, she was nominated for three times in her career for her Academy Award for Best Writing for the movie.

She won the BAFTA Award for the Best Original Screenplay for the movie When Harry Met Sally.

Nora Ephron’s Biography

Nora Ephron was born on May 19, 1941, in New York City, United States of America. As per her nationality, She was American and belonged to mixed ethnicity. Ephron was born to renowned writers and screenwriters. Her father name was Henry Ephron and mother, Phoebe Ephron. Further, her star sign was Taurus.

She was eldest of four daughters. Her sisters were Delia Ephron, Hallie Ephron, and Amy Ephron respectively. Nora’s younger sisters, Delia and Amy are also screenwriters by profession, whereas, Hallie is a journalist, book reviewer, and novelist.

Talking about her academic qualification, she attended Beverly Hills High School in Massachusettes. Nora was known for her wit and humour and started out as the essayist.

Nora Ephron’s Career


Ephron wrote her first novel, Heartburn published in 1983 which drew its inspiration from her end of second marriage. It was later made into a movie that was premiered in 1986. She later began to transit to screenwriting and started her screenplay writing career with the movie, Silkwood in 1983.

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The movie met with much acclaimed critical claim and success. She earned an Academy Award for Best Screenplay nomination.


Moreover, she received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay for the 1992 movie, This is my Life. She directed as well as written the movie along with her sister, Delia Ephron.

Ephron went to direct and wrote the famous movie, Sleepless in Seattle that starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the titular roles. The movie was a box office hit while bagging her third nomination for the Best Screenplay writer. Later, she wrote and direct movies such as You’ve Got Mail ( 1998) and Bewitched (2005). Also, she wrote a book titled as I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman focusing on ageing and other issues.

Nora Ephron’s Personal Life (Married, Children)

Nora married thrice in her lifetime. Her first marriage was with Dan Greenburg, a writer. Unfortunately, after being in nine years of the marriage relation, they ended their marriage relationship. Later in 1976, she again married. This time her Journalist husband, Carl Bernstein also didn’t last for too long. However, they divorced in 1980. The reason for their divorce was her husband’s extramarital affair with a mutual friend, Margaret Jay. They had 2 children together, sons, Jacob Bernstein and Max Bernstein.

She died from pneumonia, caused by acute myeloid leukaemia disease at the age of 71 on June 26, 2012. Before death, unlike others, her third marriage lasts for more than 2 decades. Her third spouse, Nicholas Pileggi is also a screenwriter with whom she married in 1987. The couple used to live in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, and in New York City.

Nora Ephron’s Net worth

Nora has earned a massive amount of wealth from her screenwriter career with hit movies like Sleepless in SeattleHarry Met Sally, and Silkwood. Additionally, her last major project was the movie Julie & Julia that was released in 2009, a romantic comedy movie starring actors like Amy Adam and Merlyn Steep in the lead roles. The movie grossed nearly $130 million at the box office.

In addition, the Tribeca Film Festival created Nora Ephron prize for a female writer or filmmaker in the behalf of Nora Ephron. The prize includes an amount of $25,000 as an award. Similarly, the first winner of Nora Ephron prize is Meera Menon for her film, Farah Goes Bang in 2013, the year after Nora’s demise.

As per some sources, she had an estimated net worth around $40 million as of 2012.

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