We Celebrate Nora Ephron At Grazia's Film Club: 5 Writers Reveal What Nora Meant To Them

29 August 2012 by

We Celebrate Nora Ephron At Grazia's Film Club: 5 Writers Reveal What Nora Meant To Them

GALLERY >> Remembering Nora Ephron

Last night, we paid tribute to the late Nora Ephron with a very special screening of When Harry Met Sally at the Grazia Film Club in collaboration with Chanel Chance. And what an amazing night it was.

Fans of the writer and director, who died in June, aged 71, gathered at Kensington Roof Gardens in London to drink pink champagne, enjoy a fabulous BBQ and reminisce about their favourite Nora moments, before heading inside to watch Nora’s classic rom com. To top it all off, each guest left with a goodie bag compliments of Chance, the must-have summer fragrance from Chanel

As well as giving us classics such as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Nora published several memoirs, and was loved for her wit, frank nature and love of life. Click through the gallery above as five writers - from Eva Wiseman to Sali Hughes - tell Grazia what Nora meant to them...

Tanya Gold, writer

‘Nora Ephron's memoir, Heartburn, was my teenage Bible. She wrote about how her husband, the Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein, left her for when she was pregnant with their second child. You would think she would be self-pitying. No. All she kept saying was, "My husband has left me for a giantess."’

Shane Watson, writer

‘My favourite part of When Harry Met Sally has to be the morning after scene: Billy Crystal staring shellshocked into space, Meg Ryan blissfully nuzzling him, ready to live happily ever after. We’ve all been there. And Ephron’s great skill was skewering the way men’s minds work (Oh Shit, this has changed everything) just as well as women’s.’

Antonia Quirke, film critic and Film 2012 presenter

So often films get celebrated and talked about and win all the prizes ….but nobody digs them out to watch. Nobody stays up late with the half bottle of white wine they found in the door of the fridge to catch it on Channel 5 despite the maddening advert breaks. But people DO stay up for the heart melting moment in Sleepless in Seattle when the two stars actually meet. Hell, I’ll stay up for Ephron's Silkwood (her best script) and that’s all about a nuclear accident! People LOVE THOSE FILMS. And you can’t argue with that.

Eva Wiseman, Observer columnist

‘A selfish reason why I'm sad that Nora Ephron died, is that she was one of few people who reminded us that, instead of a thing sent to intimidate and upset us, the bikini can make you feel fantastic. "Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six," she wrote in her memoir I Feel Bad About My Neck. "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.”’

Sali Hughes, writer

‘When her best friend died of cancer, Nora said it had taught her "to always use the good bath oil". It really resonated with me. Don't save anything for best - light the posh candle, use the lovely china and put on your best shoes for a night in the pub. Don't wait for some imaginary time when you feel more deserving. You're alive today and tomorrow is never certain. Enjoy them now.’


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