Hollywood said goodbye to Nora Ephron one last time. They paid their respects at a memorial service for her in New York City at Alice Tully Hall. Stars who attended the service included Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Martin Short.
Ephron died on June 26th of complications from Leukemia at the age of 71. She kept her illness discreet except from a small circle of family and friends. It left the rest of Hollywood shocked. Ephron’s best known for When Harry met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.
The screenwriter had pre-planned her memorial service. She selected the list of speakers, the playlist, which included her favorites As Time Goes By and I’ve Got the World on a String, and the amount of time the service would last. While Ephron had expected everyone at the service to be basket cases, their spirits were lifted by the anecdotes for her they had to share.
Meryl Streep said, “She pulled a fast one on us. I feel so privileged to speak, but I’m also pissed off. Sometimes, you have to wait until your friend leaves the room to say how great she is.” Ephron’s sister Delia shared how Nora had taken her around New York City in search of an apartment and resorted to kidnapping a landlord so that they could get the lease. Martin Short spoke about how a piece of Nora Ephron is in each and every one of them and they must be more like her, “read everything, savor everything, talk to the person on your left, embrace laughter like it’s a drug, drink more pink champagne, and yes, brush up your style.”
To help ease the sorrow of her friends, Nora left each of them a special gift. She included a different recipe from her personal collection in a pamphlet that they all received.
Nora Ephron left behind a legacy and will be missed by all. Her friends celebrated her life with laughs and memories told with spirit, just the way they knew her to be.