Henry Ephron (May 26, 1911 – September 6, 1992) was an American playwright, screenwriter and film producer who often worked with his wife, Phoebe (née Wolkind). He was active as a writer from the early 1940s through the early 1960s.
|Born||May 26, 1911|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 6, 1992 (aged 81)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Screenwriter, producer, director|
(m. 1934; died 1971)
Henry Ephron was born in Bronx, New York, the son of Gittle "Gussie" (née Weinstein) and Yitzhak Asher "Isaac" Ephron, a retailer. His parents were Jewish immigrants, his father from Grodno, now in Belarus, and his mother from Skidzyel', now in Belarus. All four of his daughters by his first wife, Phoebe: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Hallie Ephron and Amy Ephron, also became notable writers. Coincidentally, his second wife, June (née Gilmartin; July 6, 1911 – November 13, 1996), widow of Oscar Levant, who wed Ephron in 1978, was also one of four sisters. His family is Jewish.
(unless otherwise noted, films written with Phoebe Ephron):
- Three Is a Family (1944)
- Bride by Mistake (1944)
- Belles on Their Toes (1952) ; sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen
- There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
- Daddy Long Legs (1955); Screenplay
- Carousel (1956); also producer
- Desk Set (1957); also producer
- Take Her, She's Mine (1961); Broadway play, later made into a film, then an unsold ABC TV comedy series with Van Johnson starring in the pilot
- Captain Newman, M.D. (1963), nominated for Oscar, Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
- We Thought We Could Do Anything (1977)
- According to the California Death Records, 1940–1997
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- Glassman, Thea (September 12, 2016). "Richard Cohen and Nora Ephron: The Real-Life Harry and Sally". The Forward. The Forward Organization, Inc. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
- "Henry Ephron, 81, Screenwriter For 'Desk Set' and Other Works". The New York Times. September 7, 1992. Retrieved March 31, 2014.