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Nora Ephron, author, playwright, journalist and screenwriter of movies such as 'When Harry Met Sally...,' 'You've Got Mail' and 'Sleepless In Seattle,' died at age 71, it was confirmed on June 26, 2012.
She died in a New York City hospital after a long battle with leukemia, a form of blood cancer, and chemotherapy treatment, friends of hers told ABC News.
Earlier in the day, rumors about her death surfaced due to a column written by Liz Smith, who had recounted her long friendship with Ephron and wrote, 'I won't say, 'Rest in peace, Nora' -- I will just ask 'What the hell will we do without you?'
A source close to Ephron later told the media that the writer had leukemia but that she was still alive. Later that afternoon, her friends confirmed to the press that Ephron had died.
Ephron was born in New York City in 1941 and was raised in Beverly Hills. She began her career in journalism in the 1960s, writing for publications like the New York Post, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.
The writer later got her start writing screenplays in the 1970s with the television series 'Adam's Rib' in 1973 and the made-for-TV-movie 'Perfect Gentlemen' in 1978. Ephron would go on to write 'Silkwood' in 1983.
The film starred Meryl Streep and Cher. 'Silkwood' earned five Oscar nominations for Streep, Cher, director Mike Nichols and Ephron, as well as co-screenwriter Alice Arlen.
Ephron would later become known for romantic comedies like 'When Harry Met Sally...,' 'Sleepless in Seattle,' 'You've Got Mail' and 'Julie & Julia.' She was nominated for two more Oscars for writing "When Harry Met Sally" and 'Sleepless in Seattle.'
The writer was also a director and helmed 'Sleepless in Seattle,' 'You've Got Mail,' 'Michael,' 'Bewitched,' and 'Julie & Julia.'
She is survived by her third husband, Nicholas Pileggi. They married in 1987. They have no children together. She has two sons, Max and Jacob, from her second marriage to investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, who had won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing the infamous Watergate-'Deep Throat' scandal in the 1970s.
(Pictured: Nora Ephron appears on stage at a WFMU's Seven Second Delay - Live show at the UCB Theater in New York on Sept. 23, 2009.)