Nora Ephron: My Greatest Fear

Ephron discusses her early days in New York City and why she was convinced she’d die alone and never succeed. Nora Ephron is a best-selling writer, director, and producer. Born in 1941 in New York City, and raised in Beverly Hills, Ephron was the daughter of screenwriters, Henry and Phoebe Ephron. After Ephron graduated from Wellesley College in 1962, she moved back to New York City, taking a job as a mail girl at Newsweek. Ephron’s career as a journalist spanned many years and publications. While working for the Post, she began writing essays occasionally for New York, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine. Known for her satirical and witty essays, she became a figure of the “New Journalism” movement of the 1960s. Her career as a screenwriter began with a television movie titled Adam’s Rib (1973). She went on to write, direct and produce 15 films, but she is best known for her romantic comedies, such as When Harry Met Sally (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Her most recent film, Julie & Julia, was released in 2009 to rave reviews.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore


Ilene “Gingy” Beckerman’s beloved and bestselling book has been adapted for the stage by Nora and Delia Ephron. The star-studded Off-Broadway show is receiving rave reviews, as did the book:

“Illuminates the experience of an entire generation of women. . . . This small gem of a book is worthy of a Tiffany box.” — The New York Times Book Review

“A memoir every reader will wish to copy in her own size.” —Glamour

“Ilene Beckerman’s sleek little memoir . . . strikes a startling chord. . . . Unsettling and oddly powerful.” —People

“Surprisingly poetic.” —Entertainment Weekly

“[A] poignant biography. . . . This little book will charm anyone with an interest in style.” —USA Today

Ilene Beckerman’s runaway bestseller articulates something all women know: that our memories are often tied to our favorite clothes. From her Brownie uniform to her Pucci knockoff to her black strapless Rita Hayworth–style dress from the Neiman Marcus outlet store, Ilene Beckerman tells us the story of her life.

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