Hollywood star Tom Hanks has penned
a moving tribute to Nora Ephron, saying he became a fan of the
late screenwriter and director after his wife Rita Wilson
dragged him to a screening of her movie This Is My Life
Read: Sleepless in Seattle director Nora Ephron dies at 71
The filmmaker died earlier this week after losing her
secret battle with acute myeloid leukemia, and Hanks, who
starred in Ephron's films Sleepless in Seattle
, was among the celebrities who offered up
condolences, reported Digital Spy online.
He has now written a lengthy tribute piece for Time
magazine saying he was only made aware of Ephron's talents
after Wilson took him to a screening in 1992.
Read: Nora Ephron: Writer and filmmaker with a genius for humour
"As wives are wont to do, mine announced one evening in
1992 that we were going to a movie. The movie was This Is My
, the writer and first-time director was Nora Ephron, and
within the hour, there we were in the cinema watching the
opening credits of a middle-aged-chick flick," Hanks said.
"Knowing and loving Nora meant her world - or her
neighborhood - became yours. She gave you books to read and
took you to cafes you'd never heard of that became legends,"