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Renowned director, producer, and writer Nora Ephron died today at the age of 71. Ephron wrote for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in some of their most iconic roles. She penned such classic films as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail. She was loved by those who had the pleasure of working with her. "I am very sad to learn of Nora's passing," said Billy Crystal after hearing of Ephron’s passing from leukemia. "She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg's Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words." Her debut as a Hollywood writer came in 1983 with the biopic Silkwood which starred Meryl Streep. The movie earned her the first of her three Oscar nominations according to . Streep starred in two other of Ephron’s movies including Julie & Julia which would be her last film. "You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly. She was an expert in all the departments of living well," said Streep about the late filmmaker. Ephron came from a family of writers. She was born in New York City on May 19, 1941 to screenwriters Henry and Phoebe Ephron. Her husband, Nicholas Pileggi penned Goodfellas and Casino and her sisters Della and Amy are also writers. According to , Ephron died in a New York hospital where she was receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia. She was surrounded by her family.