Nora Ephron, Writer/Director Of When Harry Met Sally And Sleepless In Seattle Dies At 71
Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2012 08:00 PM PDT

200nora200nora-ephron.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Nora Ephron, the writer of iconic movies When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, lost her battle with Leukemia at the age of 71, after a six-year long struggle with the disease.

Ephron's son Jacob Bernstein confirmed her death on Monday, and her book publisher Alfred A. Knopf also confirmed her death in a statement, and several starts took to Twitter to share their condolences with the family.

Actress Kirstie Alley Tweeted: '''You can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.” ? Nora Ephron. Oh Jeez... you will be missed..RIP XO," while actress Kerry Washington shared: "My heart aches. Nora Ephron. What a tremendous loss. RIP."

Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks who starred in some of her best-loved movies, shared: "Nora Ephron was devastatingly funny, extremely witty, and was ALWAYS one of the kindest people I have ever met."

Ephron earned three Oscar nominations for her screenwriting and Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally will forever be classic Hollywood films.

She also won a 2011 Director's Guild of America award for directing actress Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, for which she also wrote the screenplay.