How Nora Ephron helped me bond with my mother and taught us English

I am deeply saddened by the news that legendary Hollywood writer and director Nora Ephron has passed away.

When I first heard about her death last night, I was overwhelmed with a feeling of sadness that was deeper than any I ever remember experiencing for a celeb's passing. I immediately called my mom and reminisced with her about all of Nora's movies that we have loved throughout the years. That's why I was so sad to hear about her passing, because of how much her movies have meant to my family. 


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My mom and I first started watching Nora Ephron's romantic comedies, like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, neither of us knew very much English. We were new to the U.S. and, although I was learning English in school, my mom had nowhere to learn. So we started watching movies together, with the subtitles on.

Nora's movies connected us for years. We both love romantic comedies and they're even better with her sharp, smart writing. At this point, we've probably seen all of them together. Her movies bonded my mom and I and, through subtitles and lots of rewatching, helped her learn English. 

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I've also always admired the way Nora Ephron championed smart women. One of my favorite quotes by her is "above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." Between her inspiring women and helping to bond me with my mom, she will be missed. She will be missed a lot.

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