Celebrities React to Nora Ephron's Death at 71

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Legendary screenwriter and director Nora Ephron - best known for films like "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail" - died on Tuesday, her son confirmed to The New York Times. She was 71.

Ephron was said to be suffering from leukemia before her death. She hadn't worked extensively in a few years - her last film was 2009's "Julie and Julia." However, her work left an indelible mark on Hollywood and movie fans around the world. Dozens of her celebrity friends tweeted or released statements about their sadness over her untimely death.

Jimmy Kimmel

"I was lucky enough to dine with Nora Ephron. She made me laugh so hard I laughed again just thinking about it," the late night host wrote on Tuesday night.

Julianne Moore

"I am so very sad about Nora Ephron. A great loss," actress Julianne Moore tweeted after her death was confirmed.

Billy Crystal

"I am very sad to learn of Nora's passing," actor Billy Crystal said after his friend's death. The two teamed together on the popular "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."

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

"Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail" star Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, released their own statement about Ephron's death.

"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," they told E! News. "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. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her..."

Nicole Kidman

"She was so smart, warm and funny," actress Nicole Kidman said in a statement. "I am so grateful that she was my friend and we had the opportunity to work together. My thoughts and love are with her family at this time. I will never forget the dinners, games and laughter we all shared."

Meryl Streep

"Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, 'Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?' " "Julie and Julia" star Meryl Streep wrote in an email to the New York Times . "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."

Sarah Silverman

"I just heard about Nora Ephron. I'm so sad. A great & prolific writer, a warm & kind soul. Gone just like that," Comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted, echoing the feelings or many women who identified with her work.

Jonah Hill

"Nora Ephron's writing and directing is so remarkably honest, touching and funny. My heart goes out to her friends and family today," actor Jonah Hill poignantly tweeted.


"Wow. the queen of the romantic comedy Nora Ephron is no longer with us. may god bless her soul. Rip," The Roots drummer Questlove tweeted on Tuesday night.

What is your favorite Nora Ephron film?

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