An Entertainment Renaissance Man Dies at 83

November 22, 2014 3:01 PM

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Mike Nichols, entertainment pioneer, died surrounded by his family in New York City at the age of 83 on Thursday, November 20th. Best known as the director of The Graduate (1967), for which he won his Oscar, Nichols was a pioneering director and entertainer, legendary for his intelligent, heartfelt and innovative work on the stage as well as the big and small screen. He was one of 12 people to win the coveted EGOT; winning the Emmy (4), Grammy, Oscar and Tony (9). The entertainment industries grand slam. Nichols was loved by the industry’s brightest stars. The lights on Broadway went dark last night for a legend.

He was brought to America when his family fled from Nazi Germany when he was 7 years old and barely spoke a word of English, his enthusiasm for his new home shined through. He was attending medical school when he discovered that his true calling was in the entertainment industry. He met Elaine May a...

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