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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Everything is Copy

Love, love, love the Dupont Theatre. There just isn't a bad seat in a theatre this size.
Nora Ephron, accomplished film director, screenwriter, and journalist, kicked off the show.
Nora's subtle but stylish reality humor shines through in all her projects. Nora loved telling stories to make her parents laugh. Both her parents were accomplished screen writers with screenplays like "The Desk Set' starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. Growing up in Beverly Hills must have been really cool meeting big stars like Jimmy Stewart on the set with her parents.
Nora's Mom taught her great life lessons, and that humor can be a comfort. Her mother's favorite piece of advice for problems "everything is copy."
Her plays and movies:
Nora vowed never to write screen plays, focusing on Journalism in the beginning of her career. The drama of murders, politics, real life stories was more than enough to write great copy.
She was passionate and accomplished, but she said it was in the 70's that "the side burn and the screen play fairy flew over New York City."

I'm so glad the play writer fairy dust got her, because I love her screen plays and movies; Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. When Harry Met Sally starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Silkwood and Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep, Michael starring John Travolta, and Bewitched, starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell.
Movie making- remember the fake orgasim scene:
Later in her career, actors, directors, and the movie making experience combined to shape Nora's craft even further.
It's pure genius when creative minds work collaboratively. Nora was interviewing Rob Reiner while writing her screenplay When Harry Met Sally. Rob had shared some of his relationship dirt and Nora blew his mind with "women fake orgasm's." Rob returned with, "but not with me:)" And she said, "yes they do:)" He was so blown away he had to gather a group of women together to verify this shocker. Rob then worked the line into his movie. Meg Ryan suggested it would be really funny said in a restaurant, Billy Crystal added the cherry on top with, " then someone in the restaurant says I'll have what she's having," and Rob says he has the perfect person to make the comment, his mother!
Love, Loss and What I Wore:
Nora's had struggles in her own personal life. It's uplifting to hear her technique of taking a tearful moment, and then marking a funny moment in her mind to help her laugh and make heartbreaking and tough issue lighter. I definitely feel laughter is medicine for your heart. Her Broadway show Love, Loss, and What I Wore, co-written with her sister, has this. Nora interviewed lots of friends and family and included the funny memories in her play. Playing in 16 countries by next year, it's gotta be as big a hit as her others! Gotta see it.
Nora ended her show with " I recommend turning your life into copy. It's really not such a bad thing."

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