Nora Ephron's Kid Sister Amy Proves to Be a Scribbler Too
Father of this scrivening brood is screenwriter Henry Ephron. With his late wife, Phoebe, he wrote a score of movies, including Desk Set and Carousel. Amy's Beverly Hills childhood was enlivened by visits from movie stars, including Ray Bolger, who upon hearing her name, promptly went into a song and dance of Once in Love With Amy, the hit song from his 1948 Broadway show, Where's Charley? "That song," complains Amy, "was the bane of my existence." The children were also encouraged by their parents to talk and tell stories. "In some weird way, I'm not sure I ever had a choice," Amy says of her career. "I wasn't exactly encouraged to become a landscape designer."
Still, she took a circuitous route to becoming a novelist. After graduating from prep school in Woodstock, Vt., she was hired as a reporter by Scanlan's magazine and assigned to cover the Charles Manson murder trial. After three years she switched to developing TV and movie concepts in Hollywood, having discovered that "I got more interested in fantasy than facts."
Four years ago she married Sasha Harari, now 41, an Israeli-born independent film producer. In addition to caring for their children, Maia, 2, and Anna, 6 months, Ephron writes afternoons and nights on the computer Sasha persuaded her to buy after watching her endlessly type and retype revised pages. ("I had boxes and boxes of the same page," Ephron confesses.) She is currently 35 pages into another novel, this one "about the intimacy of telepathy." And she has been checking in with Doubleday, her publisher, on reorders for Bruised Fruit. Despite its decidedly mixed reception (one reviewer compared it to "an in-flight snack"), the book is selling. Reorders are coming from across the country, Amy says, which means, "It's not just my Dad buying 10 copies."
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