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Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. :(


Mike Nichols, esteemed director and husband of Diane Sawyer, has died, reports ABC.


He died suddenly on Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest. He was 83.

Nichols' death was announced by ABC News President James Goldston.

"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 tiny few to win the EGOT-an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime," Goldston said in the statement. "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike."

"His humor, his intellect, the stories," said Robin Roberts on Thursday morning's Good Morning America, recalling visiting him at his home.

"You felt smarter and funnier just being next to him. ....He was an incredible, incredible man," said George Stephanopoulos.

According to ABC, Nichols had been immersed in a new project for HBO to adapt Master Class, Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play about opera legend Maria Callas.

The project reunited him with Meryl Streep, one of his most frequent collaborators. She once said of Mike, "no explanation of our world could be complete and no account or image of it so rich, if we didn't have you," in hailing him as one of the essential artists of our time.

Nichols was born in Germany in 1931, and came to the United States when he was 7 years old, when his family escaped Nazi Germany.

He pursued theater while attending the University of Chicago in the early 1950s, when he joined a comedy troupe in Chicago and teamed up with performer Elaine May. The duo gained national popularity together.

Nichols' career includes historic films including Carnal Knowledge, The Odd Couple and The Graduate, for which he won an Oscar.

Nichols is survived by his wife, children Daisy, Max and Jenny, and four grandchildren. ABC says a "small, private service will be held this week, and a memorial will be held later this week."


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EVERYTHING the man touched turned to GOLD, just brilliant.  I have followed his career ever since he started out doing stand up comedy with Elaine May.  And every movie he directed was just perfect, he had that magic touch whenever he was involved in ANY project.  Wish i had been fortunate enough to see his Broadway work also.

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