The TV and film industry has seen more than its fair share of success lately. Have you been binging HBO’s talk-of-the-town drama, Succession? If you’re looking for something a little brighter, how about Apple TV+’s heartwarming hit Ted Lasso? For anyone interested in a little bit of both (or Selena Gomez fans), Hulu’s star-studded dark comedy, Only Murders in the Building, should be right up your alley. What you might be surprised to know however, is these three wildly different productions all share one thing in common: Nora Ephron.

One of the most popular, accomplished, and beloved writers in American journalism and film, Nora Ephron, redefined the modern rom-com genre with bestselling books such as Heartburn and hit movies including When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie & Julia.

 Ten years after her death her legacy lives on in Nora Ephron: A Biography by award-winning cultural critic and author Kristin Marguerite Doidge. This celebration of Ephron’s remarkable life and career explores how and why she remains relevant today.

Nora Ephron: A Biography is the first comprehensive portrait of the Manhattan-born girl who forged a path of her own, earning accolades and adoration from critics and fans alike. Doidge explores the tremendous successes and disappointing failures Ephron sustained in her five-decade career as a popular essayist-turned-screenwriter-turned film director.

 A CELEBRATION OF EPHRON’S LIFE AND CAREER

Doidge’s masterfully researched biography is based on rare archival research and interviews with Ephron’s close friends, collaborators, and award-winning colleagues. Doidge also examines the private life Ephron tried to keep in balance with her insatiable ambition. “Nora was a woman who taught us how to live — who reminded us not to take ourselves too seriously, no matter how many punches life may throw at us,’ explains Doidge. “Why does Nora Ephron still matter? Because she gives us hope.”

 “During the past seven years I spent working on this book, one way or another an inevitable connection to Nora would emerge,” says the author. “Running across an actor or actress she’d worked with early on or who’d sought her advice or counsel, a writer she mentored, or a book or show she’d adapted or had ultimately inspired was a common occurrence.”

With grace and grit, Nora Ephron: A Biography tells the captivating story of the life of a creative writer whose passion for the perfect one-liner and ferocious drive to succeed revolutionized journalism, comedy, and film while giving us a tender behind-the-scenes glimpse of Nora the woman, sister, daughter, mother, wife, friend, and foodie who left an indelible impression on so many and whom we lost way too soon. Doidge’s remarkable work stands as a triumphant reminder of Ephron’s enduring celebration of hope, humor, resilience, love, and pie.

Nora Ephron: A Biography is available for purchase here.

Kristin Marguerite Doidge is an award-winning journalist, professor, and speaker based in Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in The Atlantic, Marie Claire, Fortune, xoJane, Bustle, KCRW/NPR, Time Out Los Angeles, GOOD magazine, ETOnline.com, Girlboss, LA Review of Books, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. She earned multiple NAEJ Awards and Los Angeles/Southern California Press Club Award nominations. She has a master’s degree in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism and teaches journalism and strategic public relations at Loyola Marymount University.