With the passing of Nora Ephron, one of the greats left us this week. Of course, as a woman in the film industry, I am mourning the loss of one of trailblazers, one of the few women who helmed studio pictures, who successfully navigated the world of Hollywood with a capital "H"; but more than that, I mourn the loss of a great storyteller. Ms. Ephron could capture people and write the poetry of their souls. Furthermore, her characters were quirky, unreasonable, and a little insane. Just like the rest of us.
The worlds she created for us have been stamped upon our pop culture lexicon. It only takes someone to quote "I'll have what she's having" or paint the image of two strangers meeting atop the Empire State building for us to know what the reference is (and if you don't, go brush up on your rom-com classics, kids). And that is a remarkable accomplishment, right up there with "Feel the force" and "We're gonna need a bigger boat".
But as I've been reading the articles on her life and her legacy (with multitudes still to appear in the coming days, I'm sure), I've been struck by her thoughts on the rest of the world and how many of them so firmly resonate with me. She was someone who took control of her life and lived it. And as someone who chose to live as a creative person, that is incredibly rare. How many people give up? How many times did Ms. Ephron almost throw in the towel? I'm sure it's too numerous to count. But she didn't and that is more amazing than memorable lines and scenes.
So rest in peace, Ms. Ephron, safe home and thank you for the inspiration.
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” - Nora Ephron