Nora Ephron: Justin Timberlake, Steve Martin Pay Tribute

Bette Midler, Kirstie Alley, Albert Brooks, Ron Howard and more also remember the late writer/director.

Nora Ephron’s untimely death Tuesday continues to dominate entertainment news via countless tributes and love letters posted online. There has also been an emotionally charged outpouring of love and respect from celebrities whose lives were influenced and affected by the late Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, director and playwright.

“She was the one you wanted to read, to listen to, to be in the company of. Nora Ephron. Incomparable wit; delightful friend. Sadness reigns,” tweeted Steve Martin, who worked with Ephron on “Mixed Nuts.”

“R.I.P. Nora Ephron… Funny, charming, witty, full of heart, and one of the greatest who put it all down in timeless, quotable classics,” singer/actor Justin Timberlake added.

Timberlake’s fiancée, Jessica Biel, tweeted: “Nora Ephron…thank you for your ground breaking contributions for women in the film industry. You have truly paved the way. With respect…”

“Nora Ephron was devastatingly funny, extremely witty, and was ALWAYS one of the kindest people I have ever met,” wrote Colin Hanks, whose father, Tom Hanks, appeared in two of Ephron’s most famous films, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.”

“Nora Ephron. The Hostess with the Mostest on the Ball,” Bette Midler wrote. “A brilliant soul, and we will all miss her so….”

Ephron’s fellow writers/directors, Albert Brooks and Ron Howard, shared their memories of the late legend. “R.I.P Nora Ephron. A witty, charming, lovely person,” Brooks tweeted, while Howard added: “RIP Nora Ephron brilliant gracious and FUNNY.”

“You can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream. … Oh Jeez… you will be missed..RIP XO,” Kirstie Alley wrote.
“Auditioned for Nora Ephron 20 yrs ago,” Kevin Nealon chimed in. “Didn’t get the part but she sent me a thank you note. I’ll always remember that and you, Nora.”

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