Legendary director Mike Nichols dies at 83

2014-11-21 00:00

LOS ANGELES — Mike Nichols, the award-winning director of Broadway and movies, has died suddenly at the age of 83, according to ­information released by ABC News. Nichols was the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.

No cause of death was given.

Nichols created some of American film’s most popular works, including The Graduate and Working Girl. He won awards for directing writing, producing and is among the few to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

“This is a seismic loss,” director and producer Steven Spielberg said in a statement. “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 …”

Nichols had recently been involved 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, according to a statement from James Goldston, president of ABC News.

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