Nora Ephron dies: Tom Hanks, Cher and more celebrities remember the gifted writer

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Academy Award-nominated writer Nora Ephron, known for her work on "Silkwood," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," passed away Tuesday (June 26) at the age of 71 after a battle with leukemia. The tributes from celebrities whose lives she touched came pouring in.

Tom Hanks, who starred in "Sleepless" and Ephron's "You've Got Mail," told "Today," "She lifted us all with wisdom and wit."

"Today" also spoke with Rob Reiner, who directed "When Harry Met Sally." He had this to say, "She had a great ear for how we sounded and how we talked to each other. I think people would watch her films and they would connect because they saw themselves."

And on Twitter, the celebrity remembrances continue to pour in:

"Im Extremely Sad ! We had Wonderful times on Silkwood ! She told HILARIOUS STORIES" - Cher

"Very sad news about Nora Ephron. A graceful, hilarious writer and world-class filmmaker." - Diablo Cody

"So sad to hear that the brilliant Nora Ephron passed away. Her films already are legendary and her talent will be missed. RIP ... unmatched writer and brilliant talent. She will be missed" - Marlee Matlin

"Nora Ephron you helped all writer-girls know to just tell the truth." - Nia Vardalos

"R.I.P. Nora Ephron. We will miss you and your beautiful stories." - Zoe Saldana

"RIP Nora Ephron..." - Russell Simmons

"What a body of work Nora Ephron leaves us all. Gone too soon she had more to say...." - Andy Cohen

"RIP Nora Ephron" - Omar Epps

"Hard to say goodbye to Nora Ephron. An amazing talent whose gifts inspire women...and the men who love us. Thank you for giving so much." - Kathy Ireland

"R.I.P. Nora Ephron... Funny, charming, witty, full of heart, and one of the greatest who put it all down in timeless, quotable classics." - Justin Timberlake

"I got to hang with Nora Ephron. A great wit, a real broad, an inspiration to me. #brokethemold" - Elizabeth Banks

"So sorry to hear about the great Nora Ephron passing. Saw her just weeks ago for lunch and she looked ok. I'm very sad for her family. RIP" - Padma Lakshmi

"I was lucky enough to dine with Nora Ephron. She made me laugh so hard I laughed again just thinking about it." - Jimmy Kimmel

""you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream." ― Nora Ephron Oh Jeez... you will be missed..RIP XO" - Kirstie Alley

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