Tom Hanks pays tribute to Nora Ephron

June 30, 2012

Director and writer Nora Ephron passed away on June 26, 2012 from pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71.
Nora Ephron had directed and written Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, in which Tom Hanks starred alongside Meg Ryan. She also wrote such movies as Julie & Julia and When Harry Met Sally.


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson issued a statement to E! News about the passing of their dear friend (see below) and Tom Hanks wrote a touching tribute that was published in TIME. You can read it in our press archive.

"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. 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..."

Back in May, we told you that Tom Hanks was likely to make his Broadway debut in January 2013 in Lucky Guy, a play written by Nora Ephron. One of the theater producers confirmed that he is going forward with the show but the spokesman of producer Colin Callender declined to comment on the play’s timetable.