The entertainment industry has lost another giant. This time it is Mike Nichols, Oscar Winner and director of The Birdcage, The Odd Couple, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate, among other films. The Graduate, which is possibly his most famous and most recognized film won him Oscar for Best Director in 1968.
Born in Germany in 1931, Nichols and his family came to the US to escape Nazi Germany. He struggled with English during his early years, but later attended college in Chicago. In his early years he started a comedy troupe and began performing stand up with Elaine May. He was later quoted as saying he only stopped because she wanted to quit.
Married to journalist Diane Sawyer, Nichols was one of a handful of people to have one an EGOT, or in other words he had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony. The 83 year old director was an industry giant, and has made an impact on many people throughout the course of his lifetime. In addition to directing movies, Nichols directed a number of acclaimed stage plays and musicals, including a revival Death of a Salesman in 2012, which won a Tony.
Nichols’ death came suddenly early Thursday after he suffered a heart attack in his home. He leaves behind a huge legacy of films, and is sure to be remembered by the many people he encountered in his long lifetime. His filmography is astounding, showing that he was a true auteur of the filmmaking craft. He care about what he was doing and that showed in his work. We are deeply saddened to be losing such a prominent figure in the industry. I’ll be heading to Qnet and buying as many of his works in commemoration that I can find!