Is When Harry Met Sally Based on Sally Quinn?
Perhaps! New York's DNAInfo flags an interview in which Washington Post writer and recovering Georgetown social scene tent-pole Sally Quinn tells Andrea Mitchell that Nora Ephron told her that she based the "Sally" character in romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally on her.
Quinn says Ephron once revealed the inspiration for Meg Ryan's character at the Post.
But the interview—and your rapidly-shifting memories of that diner scene—gets stranger still. Billy Crystal's sad-sack Harry, according to Quinn, was based on Post op-ed writer Richard Cohen, a strong contender in any competition for Dullest Post Writer. Cohen, by the way, says it's not him.