Stars have paid tribute to Nora Ephron, the architect of the modern rom-com who died in New York on Tuesday from complications linked to leukaemia.
Ephron was the writer/director behind many of Hollywood's biggest romantic hits: When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail and Julie & Julia.
Probably her most famous scene is Meg Ryan's fake orgasm in When Harry Met Sally, her second produced screenplay.
An obituary in the New York Times described Ephron as: "A journalist, a blogger, an essayist, a novelist, a playwright, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and a movie director — a rarity in a film industry whose directorial ranks were and continue to be dominated by men."
Yesterday actors who worked with and knew Ephron reflected...
Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally): "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."
Meryl Streep (Silkwood and Julie & Julia): "Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, 'Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?' 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."
Tom Hanks (Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail): "Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life."
Steve Martin tweeted: "She was the one you wanted to read, to listen to, to be in the company of. Nora Ephron. Incomparable wit."
Carrie Fisher (When Harry Met Sally): "A writer, director, wife, mother, chef, wit - there didn't seem to be anything she couldn't do. And not just do it, but excel at it, revolutionise it, set the bar for every other screenwriter, novelist, director. She was inspiring, intimidating, and insightful. She was so, so alive. It makes no sense to me that she isn't anymore."