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Tom Hanks to Make Broadway Debut in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy"

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(NEW YORK) -- Tom Hanks will make his Broadway debut in the world premiere of the late Nora Ephron’s play Lucky Guy.

The two-time Oscar winner will begin a limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 1, 2012, with previews starting one month prior to that date.

The story of Lucky Guy is told by the character of Mike McAlary -- to be played by Hanks -- a charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist in New York City in the 1980s.

Hanks starred in two Nora Ephron-directed movies, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail.

Ephron, an award-winning screenwriter, playwright and director, died in June following a battle with acute myeloid leukemia.  She was 71.

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Filmmaker Nora Ephron of 'Sleepless in Seattle,' 'Julie & Julia' Fame Dead at 71

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nora Ephron, best known for directing Sleepless in Seattle and writing When Harry Met Sally and Silkwood, has died. Sources tell ABC News that Ephron, 71, had been suffering from leukemia.

Starting out as a journalist, Ephron got into film when she helped her then-husband, reporter Carl Bernstein, rewrite the screenplay for All The President's Men, which was based on Bernstein's book about the Watergate scandal.  Though the script wasn't used, it landed Ephron her first screenwriting job, for a TV movie.

Among Ephron's most notable movie scripts were Silkwood, Heartburn -- which was based on her novel inspired by her marriage to Bernstein -- and When Harry Met Sally.

Her first big hit as a director was the 1993 Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, which she also wrote. She reunited Hanks and Ryan in 1998 for another smash romantic comedy, You've Got Mail.

Though she was never nominated for best director, Ephron received three Oscar nominations for best original screenplay for Sleepless in Seattle, Silkwood and When Harry Met Sally.

Ephron's most recent movie, Julie & Julia, resulted in an Academy Award nomination for its star Meryl Streep, for her uncanny portrayal of famed TV chef Julia Child.

Ephron was married to writer and filmmaker Nicholas Pillegi, 79. She was the mother of two children from her previous marriage to Bernstein.

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Writer and Director Nora Ephron Gravely Ill, Friends Say

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The writer and director Nora Ephron is losing her battle with leukemia, her agent tells ABC News.

Ephron, the writer of such beloeved films as When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You've Got Mail, is 71 years old. Newspaper columnist Liz Smith told ABC that Ephron's funeral is already planned, and that Ephron is "deathly ill."

Writer Richard Cohen also confirmed to ABC News that Ephron's death is "imminent." A source close to the Ephron family also confirmed those reports.

Ephron is married to filmmaker Nicholas Pillegi, 79, and is the mother of two children from her previous marriage to journalist Carl Bernstein.

In recent years, Ephron earned acclaim for her novel about aging, I Feel Bad About My Neck, as well as the play she coauthored with her daughter, "Love, Lost, and What I Wore."

She also wrote and directed the 2009 film Julie and Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

Ephron has won three Academy Awards for her work.

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