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Timeline and Marriages of Nora Ephron


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Timeline and Marriages of Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron in 2012

Director Nora Ephron visits SiriusXM's 'The wowOwow Radio Show' at SiriusXM Studio on April 11, 2012 in New York City.

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First Marriage -- Dan Greenburg (1967-1976)

Second Marriage -- Carl Bernstein (1976-1980)

Third Marriage -- Nicholas D. Pileggi (1987-2012)

Nora Ephron had a gift for romantic comedy and often used situations from her own life and marriages and the lives of her friends and family in her books, columns, and movies. Sally Quinn described Ephron as a sentimental slob.

Nora Ephron Information:


Nora Ephron: May 19, 1941 in Manhattan, New York.


Nora: On June 26, 2012, Nora died in New York City, New york at the age of 71. Her death was from pneumonia, a complication from her battle with acute myeloid leukemia.


Nora and Carl Bernstein had two sons.
  • Jacob W. Bernstein: Born in 1978.
  • Max E. Bernstein: Born in 1979.


Nora: Screenwriter, director, producer, filmmaker, playwright, author, magazine journalist, essayist, newspaper reporter, blogger.
Charles McGrath: “When Harry Met Sally” is probably best remembered for Ms. Ryan’s table-pounding faked-orgasm scene with Mr. Crystal in Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side, prompting a middle-aged woman (played by Mr. Reiner’s mother, Estelle Reiner) sitting nearby to remark to her waiter, indelibly, “I’ll have what she’s having.”
Source: Charles McGrath. "Writer and Filmmaker With a Genius for Humor." NYTimes.com. 6/26/2012.

Nora Ephron's Quotes on Marriage:

Nora: "Marriages come and go, but divorce is forever."
Source: Sara Wilson. "Thank You, Nora Ephron, For Telling The Truth About Divorce." HuffingtonPost.com. 6/26/2012.

Nora: "When you get divorced and you don't get the house (which I never did), you leave behind all sorts of things you don't have the sense to know you'll someday wonder about, or wish you still had, or, worst of all, feel genuinely nostalgic for."
Source: Nora Ephron. I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections. 2011. pg. 50.

Nora: "You can never know the truth of anyone's marriage, including your own."
Source: Nora Ephron. I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections. 2011. pg. 64.

Nora: "The most important thing about me, for quite a long chunk of my life, was that I was divorced. Even after I was no longer divorced but remarried, this was true. I have now been married to my third husband for more than twenty years. But when you've had children with someone you're divorced from divorce defines everything; it's the lurking fact, a slice of anger in the pie of your brain."
Source: Nora Ephron. I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections. 2011. pg. 119.

Nora: "Secret to Life, Marry an Italian."
Source: Larry Smith, Rachel Fershleiser. Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. 2008. pg. 163.

Nora: "I finally figured out that if there are circumstances in which you can have the best sex of your life in your 60s, they would be if you had never had sex before."
Source: Emma Brockes. "Everything is copy." Guardian.co.uk. 3/02/2007.

Nora: "I don't think I could have stayed married to anybody that I married at 25 or 26. I wish I could have. That's probably one of the things that, if you're lucky, does get better when you get older. You get a slightly better sense of who you are, and you learn something from mistakes."
Source: Associated Press. "Third marriage a charm for Ephron." The Gazette. 8/15/2006. pg. 7A.

Nora's advice for women: "Don't underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don't take it personally, but listen hard to what's going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged. When Elizabeth Dole pretends that she isn't serious about her career, that is an attack on you. The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you -- whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you. Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim ... And don't be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I've had four careers and three husbands."
Source: Nora Ephron. "Remarks to Wellesley College Class of 1996." Wellesley.edu. 1996.


Nora Ephron Timeline:

1933: Nicholas Pileggi born on February 22, 1933.

1936: Dan Greenburg born on June 20, 1936.

1941: Nora Ephron born on May 19, 1941.

1944: Carl Bernstein born on February 14, 1944.

1967: Nora and Dan Greenburg married on April 9, 1967.

1976: Nora and Dan divorce.

1976: Nora married Carl Bernstein on April 14, 1976.

1978: Nora's son Jacob Bernstein born.

1979: Nora's son Max Bernstein born.

1980: Nora and Carl divorce.

1987: Nora married Nicholas Pileggi on March 28, 1987.

2012: Nora died on June 26, 2012.

Nora Ephron's Marriages

Nora Ephron and Dan Greenburg
Nora Ephron and Carl Bernstein
Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi

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