"Most of us live our lives devoid of cinematic moments." - Nora Ephron
The daughter of screenwriters, Nora Ephron penned a slew of classic American rom-coms including Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail.
Ephron - whose two sisters also became screenwriters - graduated in political science, worked briefly as a White House intern to President John F Kennedy before becoming a "mail girl" in the New York offices of Newsweek.
She became a respected journalist and humourist and got her first taste of screenwriting when she helped her husband - journalist Carl Bernstein - re-write the script for All The President's Men.
In 1983, she tasted her first movie-writing success when she co-wrote (with Alice Arlen) the screenplay for director Mike Nichols' Silkwood, which starred Meryl Streep as a whistleblower at a plutonium plant.