Mike 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 few to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime. No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike” ABC News President James Goldston said in the statement.
While his long career in the entertainment industry featured multiple Oscar nominations, nine Tony Awards, a Golden Globe, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award and a tribute at the Kennedy Centre Honors 2003, the first major trophy Mike Nichols received was a Best Comedy Album Grammy, which he won alongside Elaine May in the year 1961.
Beginning with his debut film feature in 1966, an adaptation of Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Mike Nichols quickly established himself as one of the film industry’s most adventurous and reliable directors.
Over the next few decades, Mike Nichols would seamlessly switch off between directing a Broadway show and feature films.
Biloxi Blues, Working Girl, Remains Of The Day, Primary Colors and Angels In America are some of his more notable films. His final film was 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War.
Mike Nichols continued to direct for the stage in recent years. In 2012, he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Direction of a play for his revival of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
His next project was to reunite him with Meryl Streep, with whom the director worked with on Silkwood, Postcards From The Edge and Heartburn for an upcoming HBO miniseries called Master Class, an adaptation of Terrence McNally’s Tony winning script.
He is survived by three children and his fourth wife, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.
“A movie is like a person, either you trust it or you don’t.” the director once remarked.
Over a fifty year career, Mike Nichols specialised in films that we could trust.
The Academy Award winning director of films like The Graduate and The Birdcage and a nine time Tony Awards winner, Mike Nichols, passed away suddenly ...2.0