Regina Weinreich: Writers Guild of America Remembers Nora Ephron: Words Matter
Huffington Post - about 4 years
At B. B. King's on Sunday night, at the Writers Guild of America Award ceremony, amidst a lot of foul-mouthed laughs and sober-minded speeches, writer/director Nora Ephron was remembered. As a young novelist, Meg Wolitzer attested, she received a most important recognition when Nora Ephron called to say she wanted to adapt her book, This is Your Life (1988), for film. Ephron, who died last summer of cancer, was a champion of young talent. When Lena Dunham got up to receive her prize for new series, she too spoke about Ephron seeking her out. The Girls originator and star also told a story when at 15 her mom took her to Caroline's Comedy Club to hear Lisa Lampanelli.
Lampanelli, a Catholic school graduate, had just presented awards for radio news writers: who gives a fuck?, she proclaimed and then pummeled the audience with the most effusive, debasing references to various attendees' body parts, so it was not clear where Dunham's story would go. Her mom told Lampanelli, my d
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