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Nora Ephron, Writer of 'Sleepless in Seattle,' Dead at 71

Nora Ephron.
Nora Ephron.

Hollywood filmmaker Nora Ephron, who wrote When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail, died today at the age of 71, the Washington Post and New York Times report.

After a day of rumors about her health that included denials from her agent and publisher, the two outlets said late this afternoon that the beloved Hollywood figure had indeed succumbed to complications from leukemia at a New York hospital.

The Post cites one of its own ...

... columnist Richard Cohen, who's a friend, the paper says. The Times cites her son, Jacob Bernstein, who told the paper she died from "pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia."

The bicoastal writer's circle of friends included East Coasters Woody Allen, Calvin Trillin, and former Post editor Benjamin Bradlee as well as L.A. luminaries Rob Reiner, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin and Steven Spielberg, according to the Post.

Celebrity columnist Liz Smith referred to Ephron in the past tense in a column today, leading to speculation about her demise.

Ephron also penned Sleepless in Seattle. She was nominated for more than a few Oscars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Ephron is survived by her husband, screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi and two sons, Jacob and Max Bernstein, from a previous marriage to Carl Bernstein of Woodward and Bernstein fame.

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