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Delia Ephron

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Delia Ephron
Ephron in 2013
Born (1944-07-12) July 12, 1944 (age 80)
Occupation(s)Novelist, screenwriter, producer
Years active1979–present
(m. 1982; died 2015)
Peter Rutter
(m. 2017)
Parent(s)Henry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron

Delia Ephron (/ˈɛfrən/ EF-rən;[4] born July 12, 1944) is an American bestselling author, screenwriter, and playwright.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Ephron was born in New York City, the second eldest of four daughters of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron. Her movies include You've Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,[6] Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up, The Lion Is In and the recent Siracusa) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her family is Jewish.[7]

Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Vogue, More, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. In 2011, she won an Athena Film Festival award for creativity and panache as a screenwriter.[8]

Ephron collaborated with her elder sister, Nora, on Love, Loss, and What I Wore, which ran for over two and a half years Off-Broadway. It has played in cities across the U.S., as well as in cities around the world, including Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Manila, and Sydney.[9][10]

In Fall 2024, Ephron will make her Broadway debut as a playwright, with a stage adaptation of her autobiography, Left on Tenth, directed by Susan Stroman and starring Julianna Margulies and Peter Gallagher at the James Earl Jones Theatre. [11]





Ephron in New York, September 17, 2013, Barnes & Noble.
  • (with Lorraine Bodger, under name Delia Brock) The Adventurous Crocheter
  • My Life and Nobody Else's
  • Santa and Alex
  • How to Eat Like a Child (1979), illustrated by cartoonist Edward Koren
  • The Girl Who Changed the World
  • Teenage Romance: Or, How to Die of Embarrassment (1981)
  • Funny Sauce (1986)
  • Do I Have to Say Hello?: Aunt Delia's Manners Quiz for Kids/Grownups (1991)
  • Hanging Up (1995)
  • Big City Eyes (2000)
  • Frannie in Pieces (2007)
  • The Girl with the Mermaid Hair (2010)
  • The Lion Is In (2012)
  • Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc (2013)
  • Siracusa (2016)
  • Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life (2022)


  1. ^ "Delia Ephron on surviving cancer and the defiance of falling in love in your 70s". NPR.org.
  2. ^ "Delia Ephron on love, cancer, and a second chance". CBS News.
  3. ^ Green, Penelope (9 April 2022). "Delia Ephron Writes Her Way Through Cancer to a Happy Ending". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Delia Ephron on the Closeness and Complexity of Sisterhood". Fresh Air. NPR. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. Interview.
  5. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. (July 4, 2010). "Jennifer Raab; Multitasking, With Time for the Roses". The New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  6. ^ Film review: Special. Visual Imagination Ltd. 2005. p. 397.
  7. ^ Glassman, Thea (12 September 2016). "Richard Cohen and Nora Ephron: The Real-Life Harry and Sally". The Forward. The Forward Organization, Inc. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  8. ^ "February 9-12, 2017 New York City". Athena Film Festival. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew and Adam Hetrick (December 23, 2010). "Love, Loss, and What I Wore to Play Australia, France, Brazil, Mexico". Playbill. Archived from the original on December 25, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  10. ^ "Love, Loss, and What I Wore". Broadwayworld.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2022.
  11. ^ Left on Tenth Official Siteaccessed 06/30/2024
  12. ^ Horn, John (August 2, 1991). "Troubled 'Starr' Trek for Brooke Shields film". The News and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. p. 3E.[permanent dead link]

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