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Comedy great Nora Ephron dies aged 71

Nora Ephron

Hollywood has paid tribute to When Harry Met Sally writer Nora Ephron after her death at the age of 71.

The screenwriter and director died in Manhattan after suffering complications brought on by leukaemia.

A three-time Oscar nominee, Ephron also wrote Julie & Julia, You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle.

Tom Hanks, who starred opposite Meg Ryan in the latter, said Ephron "lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life".

He added: "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."

Billy Crystal, who played one of the lead roles in Ephron's acclaimed When Harry Met Sally, said he was "very sad" to learn of her death.

"She was a brilliant writer and humorist," he commented. "Being her Harry to Meg [Ryan]'s Sally will always have a special place in my heart.

"I was very lucky to get to say her words."

Steve Martin, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Meryl Streep also paid tribute to Ephron, who is survived by her two sons.

Source: BBC