Monday's memorial service gives The Cricket a chance to recall the writer-director-author's significant tie to Utah bringing her first movie as director, "This Is My Life," to be the opening-night film at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.
The movie starred Julie Kavner, forever the voice of Marge Simpson, as a working mom who upends her and her family's life to pursue her dream of becoming a stand-up comedian.
At the opening-night screening, at the long-gone Crossroads Plaza Cinemas (in what is now the parking garage of City Creek Center), Ephron told the audience that she was "not as nervous as I should be," the Tribune's Terry Orme, The Cricket's predecessor as movie critic, reported at the time.
"By the standards of this festival, ours is a bloated epic," Ephron joked. "This movie cost $10 million, but we like to think it looks like at least $11 million."
Then, as now, pitching a movie about women was difficult in Hollywood, Ephron told the assembled press. "It's really a nightmare to write a movie about women," Ephron said. "You can sell a studio a movie about a man with a hangnail, but if you want to make a movie about a woman's life, they look at you and say, 'Do you think that would be interesting?'"
That job may be a bit harder now, without Ephron around to show us how it's done.