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‘It’s okay being a woman now. I like it. Try it some time.’
The US writer Nora Ephron, who died in 2012, is probably best known for her prolific career in Hollywood, which included writing and directing successful romantic comedies such as Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998), among many others. However, Ephron first broke through as a journalist, writing for the New York Post and covering women’s issues for Esquire. In this characteristically honest and witty interview from 1975, revitalised by PBS’s Blank on Blank series, Ephron discusses her relationship with the women’s movement, including why her writings on it could never be ‘objective’, and why beauty and breast size matter.
Director: Patrick Smith
Producer: David Gerlach
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