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)