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When people pass away, we often praise them with, "What couldn’t they do?" Exaggeration. With Mike Nichols, there’s really no answer to the theoretical. A seasoned comedian, a pillar of New York City theater, a successful film director — earning a Best Picture nomination, four Best Director nominations, and one win in the latter category — and one of only 12 people to successfully collect the coveted Egot, when it came to the entertainment industry, there really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. He went out on a high. Thursday morning, we learned that Nichols passed away at the age of 83. Fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany in 1938, Nichols wound up in New York City and called the city home for nearly his entire life. Attending college in Chicago, he became part of the theater and comedy scenes, joining Second City and forming the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with actress Elaine May. »
- Matt Patches
Word has just reached us of the sad passing of Mike Nichols, a true Hollywood legend. One of the few people to win an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award, Nichols' career began on the atge before he made his feature directorial debut with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He followed that up with the classic The Graduate, a movie whose impact can be felt even to this day. His career is filled with an eclectic group of movies which never really saw his quality wane, including Catch-22, Wolf, Biloxi Blues, Regarding Henry, Primary Colors, The Birdcage, and his final film, Charlie Wilson's War. Even though he retired from movies in 2007, he kept himself busy, returning to the stage where he worked up until last year. The thoughts of everybody here at The Movie Bit are with his friends and family during this hard time. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Few directors can be said to have changed the way films are made, but Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83, was one of them. His first film, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), ended decades of Hollywood censorship of adult content and freed the movies for mature language and subject matter ever after. His second film, "The Graduate," was the first serious mainstream movie to feature a rock soundtrack (spawning Simon and Garfunkel's hit "Mrs. Robinson") and, through its casting of Dustin Hoffman, expanded Hollywood's notion of what a leading man ought to look and sound like.
Nichols wasn't born in America (he and his family escaped from Nazi Germany when he was a child), but he was one of the best chroniclers of contemporary America -- its politics, its aspirations, its dreams, its aristocracy, and its successes and failures -- in movies. His youth in Manhattan as the son »
- Gary Susman
Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning director of films like The Graduate and The Birdcage and a nine-time Tony Awards winner, has passed away at the age of 83. Good Morning America reports that the filmmaker died suddenly Wednesday night of cardiac arrest.
Nichols was also the husband of longtime ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer. "He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the Egot — an Emmy, a Grammy, »
Legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83 from a sudden cardiac arrest.
Born in Germany and moving to the U.S. in the late 1930s as a child, Nichols started out as a comedian before segueing into being a director, writer and producer of productions both on stage and on screen.
His first film was 1966's screen adaptation of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" which scored five Oscars, while he personally won an Oscar for his second effort "The Graduate".
Other famed films he directed included "Working Girl," "Postcards from the Edge," "Primary Colors," "The Birdcage," "Regarding Henry," "Biloxi Blues," "Wolf," "Silkwood," "Catch-22," "Carnal Knowledge, "Closer" and his last feature "Charlie Wilson's War".
He also directed the acclaimed TV adaptations of "Angels in America" and "Wit," and helmed a bunch of Broadway productions of various plays and musicals including "Uncle Vanya," Death of a Salesman," ""The Seagull, »
- Garth Franklin
Sad news this Thursday morning as word comes that legendary director Mike Nichols passed away at age 83 on Wednesday night. Reports indicate that the cause of death may have been cardiac arrest. Nichols, one of only a handful of Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners, was the director of films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "The Graduate," "Biloxi Blues," "Regarding Henry," and "The Birdcage." His last film was 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War." Nichols' Oscar came for "The Graduate," while he won Emmys for "Wit" and "Angels in America," and a Grammy for "An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May." The director won nine different Tony awards including ones for "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," and "Spamalot." ABC News President James Goldston, who announced the death in a statement, said, "In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, »
- HitFix Staff
Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, died Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 83. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. A spokesman for ABC said the cause was cardiac arrest.
Photos: Mike Nichols’ Life and Career in Photos
Nichols is one of few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony — achieving so-called Egot status. His first two feature helming efforts — the caustic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and 1967’s satirical “The Graduate” — launched a prodigious movie career. But before ever stepping behind the camera, he was already part of a successful comedy duo with Elaine May and had helmed a string of hit stage shows.
Nichols’ background in improvisational, satirical comedy informed many of his films, which often started out as comedies and ended up as acerbic ruminations on American relationships. Directing material by playwrights, screenwriters »
- Terry Flores
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