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Nora Ephron leaves bulk of $15 million estate to husband, children


Writer and director Nora Ephron visits SiriusXM's 'The wowOwow Radio Show' at SiriusXM Studio on April 11, 2012 in New York City.


Cindy Ord

Screenwriter and director Nora Ephron left the bulk of her $15 million estate in trusts to her husband, writer Nick Pileggi and sons Jacob and Max Bernstein, from her second marriage to Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein.

The New York Daily News reported Ephron asked the trust "give Pileggi — to whom she left $500,000 in cash — enough money 'to enable him to maintain the[ir] standard of living.'"

Ephron, who died of complications relating to leukemia in late June at age 71, was best known for her romantic comedies "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle."

According to the New York Post, Ephron left Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, the man who was in-part the inspiration for Harry in “When Harry Met Sally,” her valuable 1938 drawing by Henri Matisse.

Cohen declined comment to the Post, calling it “a strictly personal matter."

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The will also leaves $500,000 for her sister Delia, $100,000 to her sister Amy and $25,000 to her sister Hallie Ephron Touger.

In addition, Ephron left her share of royalty payments to Delia from the play they co-wrote “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

Meanwhile, as GlobalPost reported, Colin Callender, the producer of Nora Ephron's new play, "Lucky Guy," said he is "committed" to bringing it to Broadway despite her death, the BBC reported.

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