Phoebe Ephron

Phoebe Ephron (née Wolkind; January 26, 1914 – October 13, 1971) was an American playwright and screenwriter, who often worked with Henry Ephron, her husband, whom she wed in 1934.

Phoebe Ephron
Phoebe Wolkind

(1914-01-26)January 26, 1914
DiedOctober 13, 1971(1971-10-13) (aged 57)
OccupationDramatist, screenwriter
Years active1944–1963
(m. 1934)
ChildrenNora Ephron
Delia Ephron
Hallie Ephron
Amy Ephron

Ephron was born in New York City to Louis and Kate (née Lautkin) Wolkind, a dress manufacturer.[1][2] Her family is Jewish.[3]

Ephron was active as a writer from the early 1940s through the early 1960s. Her four daughters – Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron, Hallie Ephron and Amy Ephron – all became writers, like their parents.

Ephron was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, along with writing partners Richard L. Breen and husband Henry Ephron, for their work on Captain Newman, M.D. (1963).

She died in 1971, aged 57, in her native New York City.

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  1. ^ Phoebe Ephron profile at
  2. ^ Ephron family genealogy
  3. ^ Glassman, Thea (12 September 2016). "Richard Cohen and Nora Ephron: The Real-Life Harry and Sally". The Forward. The Forward Organization, Inc. Retrieved 28 May 2017.

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