(AP) - Celebrities share their reaction to the death Tuesday of author, essayist and filmmaker Nora Ephron:
_ "Nora was a person whose gifts of mind, amply displayed as a young person in her sharply observed journalistic pieces and in her personal wit, were, when I first met her, kind of scary: aimed and airy at the same time, an insouciant sharpness that could be intimidating, because you could never catch her `trying', everything seemed effortless. But as I got to know her, I understood what drove her was her acute curiosity, and her desire to observe and find out stuff. It's what made her great as a journalist, and as a director, too." _ Meryl Streep.
_ "I am very sad to learn of Nora's passing. She was a brilliant writer and humorist. Being her Harry to Meg's Sally will always have a special place in my heart. I was very lucky to get to say her words." _ Billy Crystal.
_ "Nora was an era. We pictured ourselves inside her dreams and they became ours. All wisdom, wit and sparkle lights, what a treat she was, what a blessing. I marvel again and again, what a life... To have created simple happiness in people, to have added to the sum of delight in the world." _ Meg Ryan.
_ "Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know: how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life. Rita and I are so very sad to lose our friend who brought so much joy to all who were lucky enough to know her..." _ Tom Hanks on behalf of himself and wife Rita Wilson.
_ "In a world where we're told that you can't have it all, Nora consistently proved that adage wrong. A writer, director, wife, mother, chef, wit--there didn't seem to be anything she couldn't do. And not just do it, but excel at it, revolutionize it, set the bar for every other screenwriter, novelist, director. She was inspiring, intimidating, and insightful." _ Carrie Fisher.
_ "Nora was a joy to be around; she was so smart, warm and funny. I am so grateful that she was my friend and we had the opportunity to work together... I will never forget the dinners, games and laughter we all shared." _ Nicole Kidman.
_ "Nora Ephron. The Hostess with the Mostest on the Ball. A brilliant soul, and we will all miss her so...." _ Actress Bette Midler via Twitter.
_ "An amazingly talented girl, who was able to accomplish everything she set her mind to with great style and will be missed enormously." _ Martin Landau.
_ "Nora Ephron always loved a good New York story, and she could tell them like no one else. NYC will miss her very much" _ New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg via Twitter.
_ "Nora was an inspiration for women filmmakers at a time when there were few female directors working in Hollywood. Nora once said in the New Yorker, `You look at a list of directors and it's all boys; So I thought, I'm just going to become a director and that'll make it easier.' Nora, thanks for making it easier for the many directors who will continue to follow in your footsteps." _ Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford.
_ "R.I.P Nora Ephron. A witty, charming, lovely person." _ Actor, writer, director Albert Brooks via Twitter.
_ "You can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream." -- Nora Ephron Oh Jeez... you will be missed..RIP XO" _ Actress Kirstie Alley via Twitter.
_ "Auditioned for Nora Ephron 20 yrs ago. Didn't get the part but she sent me a thank you note. I'll always remember that and you, Nora." Actor-comedian Kevin Nealon via Twitter.
_ "RIP Nora Ephron brilliant gracious and FUNNY" _ Filmmaker Ron Howard via Twitter.
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