Celebrities and movie stars alike are mourning the death of filmmaker/producer/writer Nora Ephron, who lost battle against cancer on June 26. Her longtime friend Meryl Streep, fellow writer Shonda Rhimes and another friend and collaborator Tom Hanks have all offered their condolence upon hearing the sad news.
Streep, who worked with Ephron in 1986's "Heartburn" and 2009's "Julie & Julia", called the third-time Academy Award nominee a "stalwart." She told 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."
"Grey's Anatomy" producer Rhimes, meanwhile, chose to remember Ephron by quoting her on Twitter, "I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are."
To E! News, "Sleepless in Seattle" actor Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson said Ephron was someone "who knew what was important to know; how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why."
The couple recalled one evening with her, "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, who stars in Ephron's 2005 comedy fantasy "Bewitched", gushed about her late collaborator, "She was so smart, warm and funny." The actress continued, "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."
"When Harry Met Sally..." star Billy Crystal was equally sad when learning about her passing. He said. "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."
Justin Timberlake tweeted, "R.I.P. Nora Ephron... Funny, charming, witty, full of heart, and one of the greatest who put it all down in timeless, quotable classics." Sarah Silverman wrote, "I just heard about Nora Ephron. I'm so sad. A great & prolific writer, a warm & kind soul. Gone just like that." Many other celebrities and fans took to Twitter to mourn her.
Nora Ephron, 71, passed away at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical surrounded by her family after a long battle with leukemia. She is survived by her sister Delia Ephron, her two sons Jacob and Max, and her director husband Nicholas Pileggi, with whom she tied knot in 1987.