Following a private battle with acute myeloid leukemia, Nora Ephron passed away at the age of 71 yesterday.
Having been responsible for some of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time (Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally), Ephron was known and admired by a number of Hollywood's most respected stars, many of whom have released statements in regard to the sad news.
Billy Crystal: "I am very sad to learn of Nora's passing. 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."Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: "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."
Nicole Kidman: "She was so smart, warm and funny. 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 share."