When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle writer Nora Ephron has died in New York after battling leukemia.
The Oscar-nominated screenwriter, known for her romantic comedies, was 71.
Tributes have poured in from the arts and entertainment community including actress Carrie Fisher who called the writer "inspiring, intimidating, and insightful", while actor Martin Landau said she was "able to accomplish everything she set her mind to with great style."
Ephron began her career as a journalist but transitioned into movies, leaving behind a legacy of more than a dozen films that she either wrote, produced or directed.
She was nominated for three Academy Awards for When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and the drama Silkwood in which Meryl Streep played an anti-nuclear activist.
Her other romantic comedies include You've Got Mail, starring Meg Ryan, and her last film Julie & Julia in 2009.