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R.I.P. Mike Nichols, Academy Award winning director, dead at 83

Mike Nichols
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    Academy Award-winning director Mike Nichols, best known for films such as The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Charlie Wilson’s War, has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nichols suffered from cardiac arrest and passed away Wednesday evening. He was 83 years old.

    Nichols got his start in Broadway, directing several highly successful productions including The Odd Couple, which earned him a Tony Award in 1965. In 1966, he made his Hollywood directorial debut with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The film proved a major success, earning five Academy Awards and 13 nominations, including a Best Director nod for Nichols. Just a year later, Nichols would take home the Best Director Oscar for The Graduate.

    Over the course of his 50-year career, Nichols would work in all entertainment mediums and is one of the few people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Other highly acclaimed films included Silkwood, The Birdcage, and Primary Colors, while Broadway productions including Annie, Spamalot, and Death of a Salesman earned him additional Tony Awards. He dabbled in television with a pair of HBO mini-series, Wit and Angels in America, both of which won him Emmys. He was even a standup comedian and picked up the Best Comedy Album Grammy in 1961.

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