'Graduate' Director Mike Nichols Dies at 83

November 20, 2014

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EGOT-winning film and theatre icon Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. His representative has said that the director passed away in his New York home Wednesday night due to cardiac arrest.

For four decades, the Berlin-born Nichols made films that spanned genres, starting his directing career with 1966's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and ending it in 2007 with Charlie Wilson's War. In between, he produced an eclectic oeuvre of hits and misses that included the likes of Catch-22, Working Girl, Regarding Henry, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Closer, and that crazy thing where Garry Shandling played an alien trying to mate. Thankfully, he'll probably be less remembered for that than for The Graduate, his legendary, stylish, 1967 sophomore effort that has influenced countless filmmakers since.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Diane Sawyer.

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