Henry Ephron

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Henry Ephron
Born(1911-05-26)May 26, 1911
DiedSeptember 6, 1992(1992-09-06) (aged 81)
OccupationScreenwriter, producer, director
Years active1944-63
Phoebe Wolkind
(m. 1934; died 1971)

June Gale
(m. 1978)
ChildrenNora Ephron
Delia Ephron
Hallie Ephron
Amy Ephron

Henry Ephron (May 26, 1911[1] – September 6, 1992) was an American playwright, screenwriter and film producer who often worked with his wife, Phoebe (née Wolkind). He was active as a writer from the early 1940s through the early 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Henry Ephron was born in Bronx, New York, the son of Gittle "Gussie" (née Weinstein) and Yitzhak Asher "Isaac" Ephron, a retailer.[2][3] His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Grodno, now in Belarus, and his mother from Skidzyel', now in Belarus.[4] All four of his daughters by his first wife, Phoebe: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Hallie Ephron and Amy Ephron, also became notable writers. Coincidentally, his second wife, June (née Gilmartin; July 6, 1911 – November 13, 1996), widow of Oscar Levant, who wed Ephron in 1978, was also one of four sisters. His family is Jewish.[5]

Ephron died in 1992 of "natural causes" at the Motion Picture Hospital in Los Angeles.[6]

Notable works[edit]

(unless otherwise noted, films written with Phoebe Ephron):


  • We Thought We Could Do Anything (1977)


  1. ^ According to the California Death Records, 1940–1997
  2. ^ Garraty, J.A.; Carnes, M.C.; American Council of Learned Societies (1999). American National Biography: Dubuque-Fishbein. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195127867. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Locher, F.C.; Evory, A. (1978). Contemporary Authors: A Bio-bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, and Other Fields. Vol. 73-76. Gale Research Company. ISBN 9780810300316. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Vol2Chap23". efronfamilyhistory.com. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
  5. ^ Glassman, Thea (September 12, 2016). "Richard Cohen and Nora Ephron: The Real-Life Harry and Sally". The Forward. The Forward Organization, Inc. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Henry Ephron, 81, Screenwriter For 'Desk Set' and Other Works". The New York Times. September 7, 1992. Retrieved March 31, 2014.

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