06/28/2012 12:46 pm ET

‘I Have No Idea What We're Going To Do With Nora'

When I heard the news that Nora Ephron had died, I felt as if I’d lost a close friend. I suspect it’s the same for many women of my generation, for whom Ephron has been a role model – and a stand-in for the smartest, funniest, most loyal and deliciously evil girlfriend we’ve ever had. In my case, Ephron’s death had an even greater resonance, because she is the reason I became a writer.

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