From The Numbers.com, here's the films she directed:
|Released||Movie Name||1st weekend||Total Gross|
|8/7/2009||Julie & Julia||$20,027,956||$94,125,426|
|12/18/1998||You've Got Mail||$18,426,749||$115,821,495|
|6/25/1993||Sleepless in Seattle||$17,253,733||$126,680,884|
|Average Opening Weekend||$14,302,822|
It should be noted that the above is US gross. For example, "You've Got Mail" made $250,000,000 worldwide and "Sleepless in Seattle" made $227,900,000 worldwide. (If you need to verify that, click here for Meg Ryan's page at The Number.com which includes international grosses as well).
Of the above, my favorite was "Sleepless in Seattle" followed by "You've Got Mail." "Bewitched" would come in third for Nicole Kidman, Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine.
Ephron's biggest problem was in casting men. She never seemed to grasp that -- unlike in her day -- women of today like to have a little something to look at. Will Farrell is not someone I would ever sleep with. There's not enough booze in the world. Steve Martin was too old for his part in "Mixed Nuts" and that awful hair dye.
Meg Ryan best captured Nora's ideal of woman. After her, probably Andie McDowell ("Michael"). But Meg was the one. (Meg also starred in Rob Reiner's "When Harry Met Sally . . ." which was written by Nora Ephron.)
Nora Ephron wasn't perfect and her Barack nonsense got on my last damn never (and made sure I wouldn't waste a dime on the Julia Child film while it was at movie theaters). But she was a gifted director.
I find it appalling that one of the few women to break through the $100,000,000 million marker dies and she's stripped of her credit.
For the longest time, it was just Penny Marshall and Nora Ephron that could claim to have directed a hit film that made over a hundred-million dollars.
Oh look, Wall. St Journal 'forgets' in their headline that she was a director.
I guess they think we're all going to pretend not to notice the sexism?
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