Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks & More Celebrities Remember Nora Ephron

Meryl Streep and Nora Ephron

Friends, coworkers and famous fans fondly recall the great filmmaker & writer's life.

Yesterday turned out to be a very sad day for Hollywood. The dearly beloved Ms. Nora Ephron passed away from complications brought on by her acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71.

Ephron is best known for writing and directing some of Hollywood's most successful and enduring romantic comedies, including When Harry Met Sally, You've Got Mail, Julie & Julia and many more. 20 Hilarious Sex Quotes From Romantic Comedies

As to be expected, the iconic and charming filmmaker touched the lives of many of the actors she worked with over the years. Yesterday, they had some heartfelt and inspiring things to say about Ms. Ephron, according to People.

Meryl Streep, who worked with Ephron on Julie & Julia (a role for which she received an Oscar nomination), called the writer/director "an expert in all the departments of living well. You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly. Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, 'Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?'" 

Tom Hanks, who stared in two of Ephron's most successful romcoms, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, said that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, were both devastated by the news of her death: "At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her."

Billy Crystal, who gave an incredibly candid (and hushed) response to co-star Meg Ryan's orgasmic moans in Ephron's screenplay When Harry Met Sally, called her a "brilliant writer and humorist." He added, "I was very lucky to get to say her words. "

Nicole Kidman, who starred in Bewitched, said: "I am so grateful that she was my friend and we had the opportunity to work together. My thoughts and love are with her family at this time. I will never forget the dinners, games, and laughter we all shared." Nora Ephron: "Playboy Did Not Change The World"

Steve Martin took to Twitter to say: "She was the one you wanted to read, to listen to, to be in the company of. Nora Ephron. Incomparable wit; delightful friend. Sadness reigns." 

There were additional outpourings of love from others in Hollywood who had never worked with Ephron, but still felt the prominent mark she left in film over the years. Among them were Justin Timberlake and his fiance Jessica Biel.

Justin tweeted: "R.I.P. Nora Ephron... Funny, charming, witty, full of heart, and one of the greatest who put it all down in timeless, quotable classics."

Jessica tweeted: "Nora Ephron...thank you for your ground breaking contributions for women in the film industry. You have truly paved the way. With respect..."

Nora will be greatly missed by all who loved her and her work.

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