Mike Nichols, award-winning American director, dies at 83

Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:43pm EST
 
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By Bill Trott

(Reuters) - Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of influential films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate," and "Carnal Knowledge," died on Wednesday at age 83.

The prolific director passed away at his home of cardiac arrest, his spokeswoman said. A private service for the family will be held this week, followed by a memorial at a future date.

No director had ever moved between Broadway and Hollywood as easily as Nichols, one of the few people to win the Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards.

Nichols, whose career first blossomed with a comedy partnership with Elaine May in the late 1950s, was married to Diane Sawyer, former anchorwoman of ABC's "World News Tonight" broadcast.

ABC News President James Goldston announced Nichols' death in a memo to staff, saying he "passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening."

"In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theater," Goldston said. "He was a true visionary."

In memory of Nichols, marquees on Broadway theaters in New York will be dimmed on Friday evening for one minute.

“An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can't imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man,” actress Meryl Streep said in a statement.   Continued...

 
Actress Meryl Streep (C) is joined by "Angels in America" director Mike Nichols (R) and fellow cast member Al Pacino backstage at the 56th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, in a September 19, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/files