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Nora Ephron interview: Fame, movies, books, aging, audience

Posted by: Claude Peck under Books, Culture, Movies, People Updated: June 27, 2012 - 9:30 AM

 

Nora Ephron, the bestselling writer and screenwriter, died Tuesday (June 26). She was 71.

Ephron appeared in the Twin Cities at a sold-out Talking Volumes event in November, 2010, talking about and reading from her book of essays, "I Remember Nothing." She was the subject of this profile by Colin Covert.

Ephron's sense of humor shines through in this short video interview, done at her upper east side New York apartment in October 2010, with Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert.

Ephron talks about writing movies versus essays, about the "no-write zone" that exists around her friendships, and quite a bit about aging. "Everything gets harder when you get older," she says, "which is something that nobody tells  you."

Ephron, who was an amazingly young-looking 69 at the time of the interview, jokes (sort of) that one of the "great nightmares of old age is that you have time to read, but  you can't see, and you have time to travel, but  you can't walk."

Among her screenwriting credits are "Sleepless in Seattle," "Heartburn" and "Julie and Julia."

Nora Ephron in New York in 2010 / Photo by Michael Nagle for the Star Tribune

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