Acclaimed writer, director Nora Ephron dies at 71

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FILE - This Nov. 3, 2010 file photo shows author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron at her home in New York.  Oscar-nominated filmmaker and author Nora Ephron is very ill, according to a representative for her publisher. Nicholas Latimer of Alfred A. Knopf confirmed her condition on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, hours after celebrity columnist and friend Liz Smith published what appeared to be a memorial for the writer. Smith told The Associated Press that she had spoken to Ephron's son Tuesday morning and was told that Ephron was dying. She said when she heard that funeral plans had already been arranged, she published the column on the website Women on the Web. Latimer did not provide any additional information on Ephron's condition. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

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Essayist, writer, and filmmaker Nora Ephron has died. She was 71. Ephron was best known for directing some of the most beloved romantic comedies in Hollywood, including Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and 2009's Julie & Julia.

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