Director Mike Nichols Dies at 83

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Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind such classics as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Catch-22, and The Birdcage, has passed away at age 83.

ABC News (U.S. network) President James Goldston made the announcement. A network spokeswoman revealed that the cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Nichols was married to Diane Sawyer, a former anchorwoman of ABC’s World News Tonight, and leaves behind three children and four grandchildren.

“In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theatre,” James Goldston wrote in a memo released to staff.

“He was a true visionary.”

Nichols’ career took off when he joined forces with his fellow University of Chicago classmate Elaine May, with a comedy act that went on to win a Grammy for best comedy album. Nichols would go on to win awards for his work in a variety of mediums, making him one of the few people to win an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Tony.

Nichols, who won a Best Director Academy Award for his sophomore effort The Graduate, leaves behind a strong legacy in the world of entertainment.

“As a little kid in a sometimes hard place, I went to the movies as often as I could,” Nichols once said, speaking of his love for cinema. “Movies – making them, seeing them – is not something that could ever lose its pleasure for me. That puts them on a short list of things that eternally give me joy – love, family, food, movies.”

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