When I heard she’d died, I went to IMDB to see what all she’d written and directed, and I was surprised.
When I think of her, I think of “Heartburn,” a fictionalized account of the unravelling of her marriage to Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, and I think of those ’90s date movies with Meg Ryan.
In a long career, she made her share of classics, but it turns out that she’d written and/or directed a bunch of movies that don’t sound like Nora Ephron movies, at all:
1. “My Blue Heaven” (1990, writer). Steve Martin sports a crew cut and a tacky suit to play a gangster in the witness-protection program. Rick Moranis is the uptight FBI agent assigned to protect him.
2. “Mixed Nuts” (1994, writer and director). Steve Martin (again) runs a suicide-prevention hotline that’s being evicted on Christmas Eve. Gary Shandling plays the landlord. (It’s a comedy.)
3. “Lucky Numbers” (2000, director). John Travolta plays a TV weatherman who rigs the Pennsylvania state lottery.
4. “Bewitched” (2005, writer and director). Will Ferrell plays an actor playing Darrin in a remake of the ’60s TV series “Bewitched.” Nicole Kidman plays a witch who’s an actress who’s playing Samantha, the witch from the TV show. Steve Carell plays Paul Lynde, basically.