Sad news to report from Hollywood — one of the world’s most celebrated names in entertainment has died.
Mike Nichols was 83, and his work spanned the industry, from films, plays, TV and music. Known for work including “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “The Graduate,” “Silkwood” and “Working Girl,” Nichols also earned eight Tony awards, his most recent for the revival of “Death of a Salesman.”
He is survived by his wife, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. ABC broke the news of Nichols’ sudden passing and news outlets across the globe are remembering his incredible life.
In a statement, ABC News President James Goldston said,”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.”
Nichols was also one half of the sketch comedy duo Nichols and May, a Grammy Award-winning project by Mike Nichols and Elaine May. Their three comedy albums reached the Billboard Top 40 between 1959 and 1962.
Nichols had been working on several projects, including an adaptation of “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play about opera legend Maria Callas. It was set to air on HBO and star Meryl Streep.
Nichols is survived by his wife, children Daisy, Max and Jenny, and four grandchildren.