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Nora Ephron
(May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012)

The Ontario, 2853 Ontario Rd. NW, Adams Morgan neighborhood, DC.

A celebrated author, director and producer, Ephron first lived in Washington as an intern in the John F. Kennedy White House. Her journalism appeared in the New York Post, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker and The Huffington Post.

Her books included Wallflower at the Orgy (1970), Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women (1975), Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media (1978), Heartburn (1983) I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman (2006) and I Remember Nothing:And Other Reflections (2010).

Ephron wrote the screenplays for 13 films including Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), You've Got Mail (1998), and Julie & Julia (2009). She received a posthumous Tony Award nomination for Best Play for her play Lucky Guy (2013). Ephron's plays include Imaginary Friends (2002) about the writers Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, Love, Loss, and What I Wore (2008) with Delia Ephron from a book by Ilene Beckerman, and Lucky Guy (2013).

In 1994, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. The Tribeca film festival annually awards a Nora Ephron Prize for a female writer or filmmaker "with a distinctive voice."

Ephron lived at this address from 1976 to 1980 while married to Washington Post "Watergate" reporter Carl Bernstein. Their breakup inspired Ephron's novel Heartburn, which was made into a film in 1986 starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.


Also earlier home of LaSalle Corbell Pickett.

Architect: James G. Hill.
Year: 1906.
This six-story Beaux Arts apartment building originally had a restaurant in the basement, as well as a series of small basement bedrooms (now storage space) designated as sleeping quarters for maids. In 1953, the building became a cooperative. In the early 1960s, a court case brought by a prospective resident forced the management to allow African Americans into what was previously an all-white building.