Esteemed filmmaker and author Nora Ephron passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Ms. Ephron was an MPTF Foundation Committee member and long-time donor and supporter of the Fund.
MPTF Foundation CEO Ken Scherer offered this memory of Ephron’s impact:
The very first event in 1992 for the then newly-established MPTF Foundation and the first event led by Jeffrey Katzenberg was a Sleepless in Seattle benefit premiere honoring Edie Wasserman. The event was the ONLY time Edie allowed herself to be honored and the result was a record breaking $2 million raised…something a charity benefit premiere had never achieved in this town before. Nora directed the film and helped convince Sony to have the premiere to benefit MPTF because her screenwriter father, Henry, was cared for in Harry’s Haven for a number of years.
Ephron’s family released the following statement:
Nora Ephron passed away June 26, 2012 at 7:40 p.m. at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center surrounded by her family. The cause of death was acute myeloid leukemia. She was 71. Donations can be made in her honor to The Public Theater and The Motion Picture and Television Fund. We thank you all for your thoughts.