Delia Ephron

Last updated
Delia Ephron
Delia Ephron02.JPG
Ephron in 2013
Born (1944-07-12) July 12, 1944 (age 74)
OccupationNovelist, screenwriter, producer
Years active1979–present
Jerome Kass
(m. 1982;died 2015)
Parent(s) Henry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
Relatives Nora Ephron
Amy Ephron
Hallie Ephron

Delia Ephron ( /ˈɛfrən/ EF-rən; [1] born July 12, 1944) is an American bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright. [2]


Life and career

Ephron was born in New York City, the second eldest of four daughters of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron. She is Jewish. Her movies include You've Got Mail , The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants , [3] Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael . She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up,,The Lion Is Inand the recent Siracusa) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her family is Jewish. [4]

Phoebe Ephron was an American playwright and screenwriter, who often worked with Henry Ephron, her husband, whom she wed in 1934.

Henry Ephron was an American playwright, screenwriter and film producer who often worked with his wife, Phoebe. He was active as a writer from the early 1940s through the early 1960s.

<i>Youve Got Mail</i> 1998 film by Nora Ephron

You've Got Mail is a 1998 American romantic comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, directed by Nora Ephron, and co-written by Nora and Delia Ephron, inspired by the play Parfumerie by Miklós László. The film is about two people in an online romance who are unaware that they are also business rivals. It marks the third coupling of Hanks and Ryan, who had previously appeared together in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and Sleepless in Seattle (1993).

Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times , Oprah Magazine , Vogue , More , The Wall Street Journal , and The Huffington Post . In 2011, she won an Athena Film Festival award for creativity and panache as a screenwriter. [5]

<i>The New York Times</i> Daily broadsheet newspaper based in New York City

The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won 125 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper. The Times is ranked 17th in the world by circulation and 2nd in the U.S.

Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine covering many topics including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Vogue began as a weekly newspaper in 1892 in the United States, before becoming a monthly publication years later.

<i>More</i> (magazine) American womens lifestyle magazine

More was a women's lifestyle magazine published 10 times a year by the Meredith Corporation with a rate base of 1.3 million and a circulation of 1.8 million. A Canadian version was published under license by Transcontinental from 2007 to 2012.

Ephron collaborated with her elder sister, Nora, on Love, Loss, and What I Wore , which ran for over two and a half years Off-Broadway. It has played in cities across the U.S., as well as in cities around the world including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Manila, and Sydney.[ citation needed ]

Nora Ephron American film director and writer

Nora Ephron was an American journalist, writer, and filmmaker. She is best known for her romantic comedy films and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing: for Silkwood (1983), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally.... She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron. Her last film was Julie & Julia (2009). Her first produced play, Imaginary Friends (2002), was honored as one of the ten best plays of the 2002–03 New York theatre season. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award–winning theatrical production Love, Loss, and What I Wore. In 2013, Ephron received a posthumous Tony Award nomination for Best Play for Lucky Guy.

<i>Love, Loss, and What I Wore</i> 1995 play written by Delia Ephron

Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a play written by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. It is organized as a series of monologues and uses a rotating cast of five principal women. The subject matter of the monologues includes women's relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman's life.

An Off-Broadway theatre is any professional venue in Manhattan in New York City with a seating capacity between 100 and 499, inclusive. These theatres are smaller than Broadway theatres, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway theatres, which seat fewer than 100.



<i>Brenda Starr</i> (1989 film) 1989 film directed by Robert Ellis Miller

Brenda Starr is a 1989 adventure film based on Dale Messick's comic strip, Brenda Starr, Reporter and directed by Robert Ellis Miller. It stars Brooke Shields, Timothy Dalton and Jeffrey Tambor.

<i>This Is My Life</i> (1992 film) 1992 film by Nora Ephron

This Is My Life is a 1992 film that marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Nora Ephron. The screenplay, written by Ephron and her sister, Delia Ephron, is based on the book, This Is Your Life, by Meg Wolitzer.

<i>Mixed Nuts</i> 1994 film by Nora Ephron

Mixed Nuts is a 1994 American Christmas comedy film directed by Nora Ephron, based on the 1982 French comedy film, Le Père Noël est une ordure. Co-written by Ephron and her sister Delia, the film features an ensemble cast which includes Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Garry Shandling, Juliette Lewis, Adam Sandler and, in his first film role, Liev Schreiber.


<i>Sleepless in Seattle</i> 1993 Nora Ephron film

Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy directed and co-written by Nora Ephron, based on a story by Jeff Arch. It stars Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, alongside a supporting cast featuring Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rob Reiner, Rosie O'Donnell, Gaby Hoffmann, Victor Garber, and Rita Wilson. Released on June 25, 1993, the film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $227 million worldwide.

<i>Hanging Up</i> 2000 film by Diane Keaton

Hanging Up is a 2000 American comedy-drama film about a trio of sisters who bond over the approaching death of their curmudgeonly father to whom none of them were particularly close. The film stars Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan, and Lisa Kudrow as the three sisters, and Walter Matthau as the father. The film is based on 1995 book of the same name by Delia Ephron.


Ephron in New York, September 17, 2013, Barnes & Noble. Delia Ephron01.JPG
Ephron in New York, September 17, 2013, Barnes & Noble.

Related Research Articles

<i>The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</i> (novel) book

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a bestselling young adult novel by Ann Brashares published in 2001. It follows the adventures of four best friends — Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget Vreeland, and Carmen Lowell, who will be spending their first summer apart when a magical pair of jeans comes into their lives, turning their summer upside down. The book was adapted into a film of the same name in 2005. Four sequels to the book have been published, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood; Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood; Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood; and Sisterhood Everlasting.

<i>The Lords of Flatbush</i> 1974 film by Martin Davidson

The Lords of Flatbush is a 1974 American drama film about street teenagers in leather jackets from the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

<i>Heartburn</i> (film) 1986 film by Mike Nichols

Heartburn is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed and produced by Mike Nichols, starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. The screenplay, written by Nora Ephron, is based on her novel of the same name, a semi-biographical account of her marriage to Carl Bernstein.

Debra Martin Chase is an American motion picture and television producer. Her company, Martin Chase Productions, is affiliated with Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Television Group. It was affiliated with the Walt Disney Company from 2001 to 2016. She is the first African-American female producer to have a deal at a major studio.

<i>The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants</i> (film) 2005 American film directed by Ken Kwapis

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American comedy-drama film released by Warner Bros. Pictures, based on the 2001 novel of the same name by Ann Brashares. It was directed by Ken Kwapis and screenplay by Delia Ephron and Elizabeth Chandler.

Amy Laura Ephron is an American novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and film producer.

<i>Dreams on Spec</i> 2007 film by Daniel J. Snyder

Dreams on Spec is a 2007 American documentary film that profiles the struggles and triumphs of emerging Hollywood screenwriters. It was written and directed by Daniel J. Snyder, who learned first-hand about the screenwriter's travails in the late 1980s when he was a teenager working alongside aspiring writer/directors Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary in the famed Video Archives video store in Manhattan Beach, California.

<i>The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2</i> 2008 film by Sanaa Hamri

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 is a 2008 American comedy-drama film and a sequel to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The original cast return to star in the film. It was directed by Sanaa Hamri and screenplay by Elizabeth Chandler, who wrote the previous film. The film is based upon the fourth novel in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series: Forever in Blue (2007), but incorporates scenes and storylines from The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (2003) and Girls in Pants (2004).

Hallie Ephron American writer

Hallie Elizabeth Ephron is an American novelist, book reviewer, journalist, and writing teacher. She is the author of mystery and suspense novels. Her novels Never Tell a Lie,There Was an Old Woman, Come and Find Me, and Night Night, Sleep Tight were finalists for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. In 2011, Never Tell a Lie was made into a Lifetime television movie entitled And Baby Will Fall, starring Anastasia Griffith, Brendan Fehr, and Clea DuVall.

John Warwick Lindley is an American cinematographer best known for his work on such films as Field of Dreams, Bewitched, Pleasantville and You've Got Mail.

<i>How to Eat Like a Child</i> film

How to Eat Like a Child – And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up is an original musical comedy television special that aired on NBC on September 22, 1981. Based on Delia Ephron's best-selling book of the same name, and adapted for television by Judith Kahan with music and lyrics by John Forster, the one-hour special, through a series of comedy skits and songs, lampoons the adult world through the eyes of children. The musical variety stars Dick Van Dyke as the resident "grown-up" alongside 15 children ranging in age from 7 to 13. Several of the special's young performers would subsequently go on to achieve child stardom in their own right, most notably Corey Feldman, Billy Jacoby and Georg Olden.

Preethiyinda Ramesh is a 2010 Indian Kannada language romantic comedy film directed by Gunakumar and produced by N. Ravikumar. The film stars Ramesh Aravind, Ramanithu Chaudhary and Suma Guha in pivotal roles. The story is inspired by the Hollywood film, You've Got Mail (1998) directed by Nora Ephron and starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

Alice Arlen American screenwriter

Alice Arlen was an American screenwriter, best known for Silkwood (1983), which she wrote with Nora Ephron. Her other film credits include the scripts of Alamo Bay (1985), Cookie (1989), The Weight of Water (2000) and Then She Found Me (2007).

<i>Everything Is Copy</i> 2016 film

Everything Is Copy — Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted is an American documentary film that premiered on March 21, 2016 on HBO. Directed and written by Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker, the film explores the life and legacy of legendary writer and film director Nora Ephron.


  1. "Delia Ephron on the Closeness and Complexity of Sisterhood". Fresh Air . NPR. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. Interview.
  2. Foderaro, Lisa W. (July 4, 2010). "Jennifer Raab; Multitasking, With Time for the Roses". The New York Times . p. 2. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  3. Film review: Special. Visual Imagination Ltd. 2005. p. 397.
  4. Glassman, Thea (12 September 2016). "Richard Cohen and Nora Ephron: The Real-Life Harry and Sally". The Forward. The Forward Organization, Inc. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  5. "February 9-12, 2017 New York City". Athena Film Festival. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  6. Horn, John (August 2, 1991). "Troubled `Starr' Trek for Brooke Shields film". The News and Courier . Charleston, South Carolina. p. 3E.