Harvey Helms Remembers Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron: An incredible woman who made me a writer has passed away and left a hole in our lives.
Girls, life is so short! Last night I’m reminded of this in a big sad way. As I am preparing my column about my new book Blush: The Unbelievably Absurd Diary of a Gay Beauty Junkie, the universe decided that our fabulous Nora Ephron was needed elsewhere. I’m sad to say that the person who inspired me to actually become a writer and publish my book died the other day. When I read the first article about her death I couldn’t believe it! A world without Nora? I sat; just staring into space, thinking how many times this one woman made me think, laugh, cry and gave me the courage to publish a book!
There will be at least a million articles about Nora because she has changed pop culture in so many ways! I’m always surprised when people don’t know that she created some the most fabulous movie classics that we rent like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. Everyone will be writing about all of her incredible accomplishments, and rightly so. I want you to know that Nora was a champion of all things women and gave back to help girls become who they want to be. And yes, I’m one of those girls.
My great friend and business mentor Kathi Lutton had the chance to spend time with Nora at the 2010 Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women’s Conference. Kathi mentors women from other countries who develop ideas and business concepts to empower women to change the world. Nora was there to lend support, expertise and inspiration to these young women on the journey to make this planet a better place. The photos by celebrity photographer Asa Mathat tell the story. Fortune mentee Susan Rammekwa featured in the photos was grateful for all the love and advice that Nora gave so easily.
I will remember Nora for a million things, but mostly for her first and last books My BFF Diana Kay Eaton had me re-read Nora’s first books, Crazy Salad and Heartburn. Finally, I Feel Bad About My Neck gave me the courage to be myself and find my voice in the world. Nora, I’m forever in your debt.
Tearfully I say goodbye.
Rest in peace
I miss you already.
Harvey Helms is a beauty culturist and writer, drawing on 30 years of experience in cosmetics,
fashion and design. Harvey has held positions ranging from Global Director of Beauty for Revlon Cosmetics to Executive Director of Special Events for Donna Karan Beauty. Harvey currently lives and works in Silicon Valley, where he just finished writing his first book in a trilogy of three: an engaging tell-all on the fashion industry. Follow Harvey on Twitter at Twitter.com/HarveyHelms. Read all of Harvey’s columns here.