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Mike Nichols, pictured with wife Diane Sawyer, has died

Mike Nichols, pictured with wife Diane Sawyer, has died

Meryl Streep and Mike Nichols as he collected his AFI Life Achievement Award in California. Nichols was a prolific director in film and theatre whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s. He died on 20 November 2014.

Meryl Streep and Mike Nichols as he collected his AFI Life Achievement Award in California. Nichols was a prolific director in film and theatre whose Oscar-winning movie The Graduate was a cinematic landmark of the 1960s. He died on 20 November 2014.

Director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83

Director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83

Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, in the Graduate 1967.

Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, in the Graduate 1967.

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Mike Nichols, pictured with wife Diane Sawyer, has died

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of 'The Graduate', has died aged 83.

His first film was 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ' in 1966, which he followed with 'The Graduate' in 1967. Later credits included 'Catch-22', 'Heartburn', 'Working Girl', 'Postcards from the Edge' and 'Closer'.

He directed his last film, 'Charlie Wilson's War', in 2007 with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts as its stars. He also directed the miniseries 'Angels in America', for which he won an Emmy, and "Monty Python's Spamalot. Nichols, who was born in Germany and moved to the US as a child, was married to the ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer.

The president of ABC News, James Goldston, said Nichols had suffered a cardiac arrest. In a note to staff, he said: "I am writing with the very sad news that Diane's husband, the incomparable Mike Nichols, passed away suddenly on Wednesday evening… He was a true visionary."

He also worked in theatre and TV and was one of a select few to win "the EGOT" - an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Immensely versatile, he handled heavy subjects such as Aids deftly. He once said humour can be found in all situations: "I have never understood people dividing things into dramas and comedies," Nichols said in a 2004 interview. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent