Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday at age 71, was the link between different worlds, and different eras, on and off the screen.
She brought together Hollywood and the Beltway, the personal and the political, in her book (and later screenplay) Heartburn, about her marriage to the Washington Post's Carl Bernstein.
She linked the coasts, the bustling east and the insomniac west, along with movie romances old and new, in Sleepless in Seattle.
She blended the ancient art of preparing fine food with a dash of blogging in Julie & Julia.
She was the child of screenwriters who kept the sparkling banter flowing between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in Desk Set, but she will forever be remembered for Meg Ryan's gestural expressiveness in that deli in When Harry Met Sally ...