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Nora Ephron, 71, took a late shine to playwriting
Nora Ephron, 71, took a late shine to playwriting

Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday at 71, had a diverse writing career that extended well beyond the romantic comedy films that made her famous. Over the decades, she worked as a journalist for the New York Post and several magazines, wrote a handful of books and, relatively late in life, became a playwright. Ephron's belated arrival to the world of theater is surprising given her talent for witty dialogue. In 2002 she penned "Imaginary Friends," which debuted at the Old Globe in San Diego before transferring to Broadway. The play with music traced the intense rivalry between Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, played by Swoosie Kurtz and Cherry Jones, respectively. ...

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