When we heard the news that the BBC is going to make a series about the Brontë sisters, we got more than a little excited. Of all the literary sisters out there, Emily, Charlotte and Anne are the most celebrated, penning classics like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. With an alcoholic brother and an unusually supportive father, we can’t wait to see how the BBC is going to portray one of the most famous families of all time. (The portrait above was painted by their brother, Branwell Brontë, who erased his own image.)
But of course the Brontës aren’t the only sisters who became successful writers. In honor of their new upcoming series, here are a few more literary sisterhoods who helped prove that sometimes talent runs in the family:
The Ephron Sisters
Obviously, Nora is the most famous of the four Ephron sisters: she was nominated for three Academy Awards for screenwriting, became known as the queen of romantic comedies and penned such classics as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. But she’s not the only literary one in her family. Her sister, Delia, who Nora sometimes collaborated with, is a best-selling author in her own right. She published several novels, produced award-winning journalism, and wrote the screenplays for You’ve Got Mail and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Their sister Amy is also a novelist and a journalist, with her book A Cup of Tea landing on bestseller lists and receiving the Booklist Best Fiction of the Year award in 2005. And if that wasn’t enough, their fourth sister, Hallie Ephron, has written nine mystery novels, three of which were finalists for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. This is not the kind of family you want to be in if your greatest ambition is to be a pizza delivery guy.