I was a fan of Nora Ephron’s writing long before I became a New Yorker. But since living here, those romantic words she penned about New York City have become more meaningful than they were when I was miles away and only dreaming of living in NYC. Her son Jacob Bernstein created a wonderful film about her life and career called Everything Is Copy. (I watched the movie on HBO, and I intend to watch it a second time.) The documentary honors her life, legacy, and work, and lets us inside the world of the woman we grew to love through her relatable, sentimental, and humorous anecdotes.
I think some of her iconic quotes about love and relationships, or those rambling about her neck, hair, or Upper West Side apartment have become permanently lodged in my brain. And that’s a good thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched When Harry Met Sally (I own the DVD), You’ve Got Mail, and Julie and Julia. I know the stories, scenes, and lines, yet I can watch these movies repeatedly and feel something a little different each time. Much in the same way that I can re-read I Feel Bad About My Neck and learn something new or laugh harder than I did before. (I’m moving on to Crazy Salad next.)
“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don’t take it off until you’re thirty-four.”— Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck
Some say she wasn’t a genius, but I think she was. She was a journalist, reporter, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, blogger, and a mentor for women the world over, and she excelled in all roles. That’s impressive.
“Everything Is Copy” is a phrase that Ephron’s mother used, meaning that we should take all the crazy things that happen in life, even the most dreadful circumstances, and turn them into funny stories. And often, writers do just that. That’s definiteley what Nora Ephron did. Here’s a clip from the film if you’d like to watch.
“To state the obvious, romantic comedies have to be funny and they have to be romantic. But one of the most important things, for me anyway, is that they be about two strong people finding their way to love.”–Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron photo via her Facebook Page.