NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- Screenwriter and filmmaker Nora Ephron, who is perhaps best remembered for her romantic comedy hits such as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally," died in New York City on Tuesday evening. She was 71.
Her son Jacob Bernstein told the New York Times that she died in Manhattan as a result of pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, but few other details were released. Her New York-based publishing house, Alfred A. Knopf, confirmed Ephron's death in a brief statement.
"It is with great sadness that we report that Nora Ephron has died at the age of 71, after a battle with leukemia," the publishing house said in an e-mailed statement to reporters. "She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy. She will be sorely missed."
Ephron, born in New York City in 1941, moved to Beverly Hills at an early age before moving back to the East Coast where she studied political science in Massachusetts. After working briefly at the White House during the John F. Kennedy administration, she went back to New York and began her writing career.
After writing and reporting for several newspapers and magazines, Ephron began screenwriting and was ultimately nominated three times for the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay. She is probably best known for writing 'Silkwood,' 'When Harry met Sally,' 'Sleepless in Seattle,' and 'You've Got Mail.' Her most recent screenplay was 2009s 'Julie and Julia.'
Ephron is survived by husband and fellow writer Nicholas Pileggi, her sisters Delia Ephron and Amy Ephron, and two sons, Jacob and Max Bernstein.
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