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Nora Ephron Memorial


Friends celebrated Nora Ephron at her memorial in New York on Monday.





















Hollywood stars and luminaries from New York media and publishing world gathered Monday at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to honor Nora Ephron, who died June 26 of pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71.

The memorial for the women behind such romantic comedy classics as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle” stretched for more than an hour and included tributes from Tom Hanks and Mike Nichols in a ceremony that her longtime friend Arianna Huffington told TheWrap was “beautiful.”

Included in memorial program for Ephron, who was a noted cook, was a recipe for “Esther Fein’s Brisket.”

Also read: Nora Ephron: From ‘When Harry Met Sally’ to ‘Julie & Julia,’ She Made It OK to Eat

Crowds gathered at Lincoln Center to catch glimpses of some of the top names in entertainment and publishing, two areas in which Ephron excelled as a film director-screenwriter and reporter-essayist and author.

Among those attending the memorial from entertainment were director Steven Spielberg; producer Scott Rudin; Meryl Streep, who starred in Ephron’s last film, « Julie and Julia »; Meg Ryan, who appeared with Hanks in Ephron’s « Sleepless in Seattle » and « You’ve Got Mail »; Sally Field; Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt; media mogul Barry Diller and his wife, designer Diane Von Furstenberg; Joel Klein, the head of News Corp.’s education division; playwright-screenwriter Tony Kushner; writer-director James L. Brooks; Barbara Walters; Steve Martin; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Larry David; Kristen Chenoweth; Diane Sawyer, Matthew Broderick; Martin Short and Martha Stewart.

The media world also was well represented with Charlie Rose, author Gay Talese; Tina Brown; Gayle King; and Gail Collins and David Carr of the New York Times among the attendees.

“The whole thing was very moving,” New York Times editor Jill Abramson told TheWrap as she left the ceremony.

For more on Ephron, including honors bestowed upon her by the Directors’ Guild of America, head over to The Wrap.

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    Actress Marcia Gay Harden and writer Nora Ephron speak at the 55th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards at the Pierre Hotel March 8, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

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    Cherry Jones and Nora Ephron join Diane Lane at a luncheon celebrating her New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress for her role in ‘Unfaithful’ at the Four Season’s in New York City. January 14, 2003. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

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    Honorees James Schamus, Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron and Executive Director of WGA East Mona Mangan pose together at the 55th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards at the Pierre Hotel March 8, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

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    Writer/director Nora Ephron and writer Nicholas Pileggi arrive at the 101 Greatest Screenplays gala reception at the Writers Guild Theater on April 6, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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    Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, actor Chris Messina, director Nora Ephron, actresses Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and producer Laurence Mark arrive at the special screening of Columbia Pictures’ ‘Julie & Julia’ held at Mann Village Theatre on July 28, 2009 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Director Nora Ephron, actresses Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams arrive at the special screening of Columbia Pictures’ ‘Julie & Julia’ held at Mann Village Theatre on July 28, 2009 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    US actors Stanley Tucci, Meryl Streep, US director Nora Ephron and US actor Chris Messina pose during the photocall of the movie ‘Julie and Julia’ directed by US Nora Ephron on September 5, 2009 at the 35th American Film Festival, in Deauville, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / MYCHELE DANIAU (Photo credit should read MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Producer Amy Robinson, actor Stanley Tucci, actress Meryl Streep, actress Amy Adams, actor Chris Messina, and writer/director Nora Ephron attend the ‘Julie & Julia’ premiere after party at Metropolitan Club on July 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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    Actress Amy Adams and writer Nora Ephron attend the ‘Julie & Julia’ premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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    Martha Stewart and writer Nora Ephron attend the ‘Julie & Julia’ premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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    US director Nora Ephron (L) arrives with US actors Stanley Tucci (2ndL), Meryl Streep and Chris Messina for the screening of her movie ‘Julie and Julia’ on September 5, 2009 at the 35th American Film Festival, in Deauville, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US director Nora Ephron (L) arrives with US actors Meryl Streep and Chris Messina for the screening of her movie ‘Julie and Julia’ on September 5, 2009 at the 35th American Film Festival, in Deauville, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / MYCHELE DANIAU (Photo credit should read MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Playwright Nora Ephron, Rosie O�Donnell and Playwright Delia Ephron attend the after party for the Off Broadway opening night of ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’ at Bryant Park Grill on October 1, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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    U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and writer/director Nora Ephron attend the Fortune Most Powerful Women summit at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc.)

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    Actress Zoe Kazan and director Nora Ephron attend the Juror Welcome Lunch At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at Tribeca Lofts on April 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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    Nora Ephron and Arianna Huffington attend TechCrunch Disrupt New York May 2011 at Pier 94 on May 23, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/Getty Images for AOL)

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    Actress Meryl Streep (R) poses with award recipient Director Nora Ephron at the 2011 Directors Guild Of America Honors at the Directors Guild of America Theater on October 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

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    Lesley Stahl (R) interviews Nora Ephron (L) on SiriusXM’s « The wowOwow Radio Show » at SiriusXM Studio on April 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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