there's a little bit of nora ephron in us all.
"Writers are just cannibals. They just are and if you're friends with them and if you say anything funny at dinner or if anything good happens to you, you are in big trouble." - Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron knew how to write comedy (believe it or not, this is not easy). She was relatable, funny, witty, called herself and expert in relationships and she wrote in a way that was very abrupt, metaphorical and utterly hilarious.
I recently watched the documentary, Everything is Copy: Scripted and Unscripted, the story of the famous, bold & very honest screenwriter. Some of you may not even know who Nora was, but if take a look at some of the movies she wrote/directed, I'm sure some of them would ring a bell.
Sleepless in Seattle
Julie & Julia
You've Got Mail
When Harry Met Sally (MY FAVE..and NO, it's not just a chick flick. The writing is amazing)
My Blue Heaven
Oh, did I mention that she was previously married to Carl Bernstein, the prolific journalist and news reporter who's reporting on Watergate ultimately launched the investigation, leading Nixon to resign as President of the United States? Yeah that guy.
But if you really want to get a sense of Nora and her marriage with Carl, I would highly recommend watching her auto-biographical movie (based on her book of the same title), Heartburn with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Its utterly hilarious as it is sad and heartbreaking, displaying the tumultuous (and convenient?) marriage they once had. But what you will understand from it is Nora's determination, honesty and drive mixed with a little bit of crazy.
I've always been a fan of Nora's movies, but I'm even more so now after watching this documentary because of the life she lead and how she wasn't afraid to be publicly open about it, her struggles, her marriages and divorces. She lived her life out loud, which either comes innately for people or not. But when she became ill and eventually died from complications of leukemia, nobody and everybody did not know of this private struggle she was experiencing. Even Nora couldn't write the ending to what would happen and therefore, preferred to keep it silent. Her one last final act, she kept to herself.
Some would say I live my life out loud, but I prefer to say that I live it openly, honestly and not afraid to share my opinions and experiences with others. I've never felt the need to shield things or keep them bottled up. Maybe because I've never been afraid of criticism and I think I've proven my point with this blog.
I guess I'm fearless, but I think maybe, just maybe, I have a little Nora Ephron in me.