The two-time Oscar winner suggests that what made Ephron such a good director was her “journalist’s curiosity.” For example, here are a few things he remembers from the shoot for 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle:
Notice as Rosie O’Donnell and Meg Ryan talk about the guy with the shop that sells only soup, but it’s so good, people line up for it. That was Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi years before Seinfeld discovered him. Nora’s sharp eye helped her in more prosaic ways as well. While shooting in Seattle, the crew found this great new place for coffee called Starbucks. As we bought lattes, Nora bought stock in the company.
Hanks also describes how he became an instant fan of the “geographically authentic move into Manhattan” featured in Ephron’s directorial debut, This is My Life. To read the full tribute, click here. RIP.
Previously on FishbowlLA:
HuffPost Editor Remembers Her Boss, Nora Ephron