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Nora Ephron 1941-2012

Writer, director Nora Ephron has died in New York City at age 71.

In a comedy world woefully under-represented by women, Ephron's work found a sweet spot that was always funny without being cruel, skeptical without being cynical and life affirming when nihilism would have been so much easier. Members of that club? Nora Ephron… and no one else.

That, and her one liners were gold:

"I don't think any day is worth living without thinking about what you're going to eat next at all times."

"Beware of men who cry. It's true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own."

"In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind."

"I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive."

"What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you."

"We have lived through the era when happiness was a warm puppy, and the era when happiness was a dry martini, and now we have come to the era when happiness is "knowing what your uterus looks like.""