Nora Ephron Memorial Service: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg Pay Tribute in New York (PHOTOS)
Many of Hollywood’s biggest names came out in droves Monday afternoon to pay tribute to the late screenwriter Nora Ephron, who died in June from acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 71.
Among the attendees: Meg Ryan, who starred in Ephron’s When Harry Met Sally …, in 1989, Sleepless in Seattle, in 1993, and You’ve Got Mail, in 1998; Tom Hanks, who co-starred with Ryan in the aforementioned Seattle and Mail; and Meryl Streep, who earned Oscar nominations for Ephron’s Silkwood, in 1983, and Julie and Julia, in 2009.
The memorial service — which also featured appearances by Steven Spielberg, Regis Philbin, Blythe Danner and Martha Stewart — was held at Alice Tully Hall, in Manhattan.
Inside the event, many of the attendees spoke candidly about their experience working with Eprhon, including Streep, who said (via The New York Daily News):
“She pulled a fast one on us. I feel so privileged to speak, but I’m also pissed off. I guess sometimes you have to wait for someone to leave the room to say how great they are.”
Ephron, whose career spanned multiple decades in Hollywood, earned three Oscar nominations in her uber-successful career, for When Harry Met Sally …, Sleepless in Seattle and Silkwood, respectively. She also wrote a series of best-selling books, including the memoir I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman.
In a statement released to Celebuzz, Ephron’s family confirmed her death on June 26, saying, “Nora Ephron passed away June 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center surrounded by her family.”
In the wake of Ephron’s death, many stars released statements to the media about the rom-com legend. Check them out, plus some of Ephron’s most memorable movie moments, by clicking here.
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