Tom Hanks paid a tearful curtain call tribute to his dear friend and collaborator Nora Ephron after his debut in the Broadway show "Lucky Guy," which Ephron wrote, at New York City's Broadhurst Theatre.
Ephron, a well-respected writer-director, died last June of leukemia complications at age 71. Ephron wrote "Lucky Guy" with the understanding it would likely be her last work
and reportedly gave Hanks an early draft of the script, asking him to star in it, National Public Radio reported.
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As the audience applauded actors at the end of the show Monday night, a photo of Ephron was displayed on stage and Hanks paid homage
to his late friend.
"That was a tough moment. We were going to do this, and Nora and George C. Wolfe (the play's director) were going to walk out onstage. I miss her. What more can you say?" Hanks told the New York Post.
“You could be working, and you could be talking about personal things, you could be on vacation and talking about cultural history, you could be having a very lazy breakfast and you would be talking about Saddam Hussein. Nora was fascinated by everything," Hanks said.
Hanks starred in several films written by Ephron over the years, including the romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle" and its sequel "You've Got Mail," both of which co-starred Meg Ryan, one of several celebrities in attendance at the show.
"I feel like there is a wonderful spirit in this room tonight," Ryan told the Post.
Other celebrities in the audience Monday night were Barbara Walters, Brian Williams, Sting, Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, and actress Trudie Styler the Post reported.
"Lucky Guy" follows the tumultuous and fierce New York City newspaper tabloid wars of the 1980s and 1990s. Hanks' character is based on the late New York Daily News reporter Mike McAlary, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist who died of colon cancer in 1998.
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