Nora Ephron. After the screenwriter's romantic comedy earned almost a $100 million at the box office worldwide nobody ever did again."When Harry Met Sally" was released in theaters, July 14, 1989, the same day as "License to Kill." For those gambling on the romantic comedy, the odds were already against them. How could two people arguing about love compete with James Bond? Never underestimate the power of
Ephron, who died Tuesday at the age of 71, was for a long time Hollywood's stand-alone proof that women writers aren't just funny, they're financially viable.
Her string of box office hits changed the canvas of entertainment from the inside out. In the '70s, romantic comedies were a man's game. "The Heartbreak Kid," "The Graduate," Phillip Roth's "Goodbye Columbus," and Woody Allen's string of critical hits reflected the anxiety of a generation of commitment-wary men in search of the perfect woman. Even those rare breakthrough female characters, like Diane Keaton's Annie Hall, were