Sad news for fans of classic drama, intelligent comedy and cross-platform creative genius - legendary director Mike Nichols has sadly passed away.
Nichols was the creative force behind some of the most influential stage plays and movies of the past four decades - including The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Silkwood, Carnal Knowledge, Working Girl, Closer and The Birdcage. He was also, though, an accomplished Broadway director, and had a successful comedy career in the 50's and 60's.
Possibly the most touching tribute to the man, though, comes from director and producer Steven Spielberg:
“This is a seismic loss...Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America’s all time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known. For me, The Graduate was life altering—both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best—and then Mike would get from them even more. And in a room full of people, Mike was always the center of gravity.”
That center of gravity has sadly been lost - leaving behind his wife - acclaimed news anchor Diane Sawyer - three children, Daisy, Max and Jenny, and four grandchildren.
He was 83.