Tuesday, June 26, 2012

RIP Nora Ephron

I just heard that female movie pioneer, Nora Ephron has passed away today at the age of 71. Ephron was a trailblazer for women in the film industry and broke ground with films like When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, and Julie & Julia. Her stories brought a refreshing female perspective into an industry which was (and still is!) overwhelmingly dominated by the male POV.

As Horn and Keegan said at the L.A. Times piece linked above,
Ephron's brand of feminism was winking rather than strident. At a Hollywood awards event several years ago, she looked about the room and said, "When they write the history of the feminist struggle in America, I always wonder how this lunch will exactly fit in. We are definitely the best-dressed oppressed group." 
And truth is I don't necessarily relate to the romantic-focused stories that Ephron is famous for. However, I madly respect her work and the progress she made for women in the industry. Her mission is far from over. It's on the rest of us now to take the touch and carry it on. Rest now, Nora. 

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