Writer/director Nora Ephron dies at 71

Legendary writer/director Nora Ephron has died of complications from a blood disease, according to multiple news outlets. Gossip columnist Liz Smith started a flurry of rumors about the "Sleepless in Seattle" director after eulogizing Ephron prematurely. But it was later confirmed that Ephron died.

Ephron was best known for directing smart romantic comedies that never talked down to women, including "You've Got Mail," "Michael" and, most recently, "Julie and Julia." She was also a prolific writer, penning "Silkwood," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Heartburn," based on her marriage and subsequent divorice from journalist Carl Bernstein. In addition, Ephron wrote several books, including "I Feel Bad About My Neck."