Famed director and screenwriter, Nora Ephron, passed away at the age of 71 yesterday, according to The New York Times. She died of pneumonia, which was brought on by her battle with acute myeloid leukemia, her son Jacob Bernstein said.

After spending time as an intern for President John F. Kennedy, Ephron went into the newspaper business where she met and married famed journalist Carl Bernstein in 1976. However, the two divorced only a few years later, and Ephron soon entered the world of screenwriting.

Her first big hit was 1989's When Harry Met Sally, starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. She soon went on to move behind the camera and become a director on movies like Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and Julie & Julia

Ephron is survived by her husband, author Nicholas Pileggi, and her two sons, Max and Jacob.

[via The New York Times