Nora Ephron On Aging, Her Neck, Life

For more than 30 years, Nora Ephron has kept fans laughing with her views on highs and lows of life in general, and relationships in particular.

She's just out with her latest book, "I Feel Bad About My Neck, And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman."

It's a funny and candid look at the trials and tribulations of women getting older.

Ephron talked about it on The Early Show Thursday with co-anchor Hannah Storm.

An accomplished essayist, journalist, screenwriter, playwright and director, Ephron also loves to cook! She earned an Oscar nomination for her first film, "Silkwood." In 1989, she got another Oscar nod for her screenplay of "When Harry Met Sally." Co-starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, the movie explored the possibility of a man and woman being friends without sexual tensions. Ephron also brought "Sleepless In Seattle," "You've Got Mail," "Heartburn," and the recent remake "Bewitched" to the big screen. In addition, Ephron wrote best-sellers "Heartburn," "Scribble Scribble," and "Crazy Salad."

In "I Feel Bad About My Neck," Ephron, who turned 65 earlier this year, tells her personal story of getting older in 15 essays dealing with such issues as the cost in time and money of "maintenance" for the older woman, menopause, empty nests, not being able to read pill bottles, and, eventually, dealing with mortality.

Oh, and she writes that she can't stand the way her neck looks, but her dermatologist tells her there's no quick fix for that.

"Why necks?" Storm asked. "Why did you decide to write about the neck?"

"There comes a certain point in your life where you get older," Ephron replied, "and you notice you're not looking in the mirror. You're doing your best not to look into the mirror, because you know something is gonna be staring at you that you don't like. And then, sometimes, a very dear friend sends you a picture of yourself, and says, 'Look at this great picture of you.' And you go, 'Oh, my God!' Because there it is. There's your neck. You know, our faces are lies, but our necks are the truth.

"You can do things about it, but they're pretty drastic. And, if you're not into drastic, you end up in less than drastic. You end up in our dear friend, the turtleneck.
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