Legendary Director Mike Nichols Has Died

The Oscar-winning director of "The Graduate" was 83 years old.
4:37 | 11/20/14

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And good morning, America. We are playing "Let the river run," Carly Simon from "Working girl." We are celebrating the life of Mike Nichols. He directed that film. One of so many spectacular ones. Truly an extraordinary man. He passed away from cardiac arrest. We are thinking of Diane. We have been in contact. All of us at ABC, she is in our thoughts. They were an incredible and beautiful love story. And the world loved Mike nick cools. And the gifts he gave us. One of Mike's favorite quotes, the time to make up your mind about people is never. And as an oscar-winning director, nine-time Tony winner -- You see before you a happy man. Emmy winner -- and a grammy winner. It is a moral issue. A moral issue. To me that's more interesting than a real issue. He brought us smart movies about smart people, enrapturing generation after generation, changing the way we see ourselves and the world. You're one of our era's essential artists, Mike. One of our essential people. Just 7 years old when he fled nazi Germany, he arrived in America speaking little English. But his enthusiasm never waned. It was at the university of Chicago where he found his true calling, comedy. Meeting this woman, Elaine may. They cemented their partnership as America's innovative comedy duo. Moving to New York, becoming famous. It's a moral issue. To me that's so much more interesting than a rel issue. Yeah. In 1964, he directed his first Broadway show, "Barefoot in the park," win, his first Tony. And he directed his first Hollywood film at 35, "Who's afraid of Virginia wolf." And soon after that he became a household name with "The graduate," earning an Oscar for the best director. Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. A career from "Carnal knowledge" to "Working girl," "The birdcage" and closer. And his ability to make us laugh at ourselves and the world. Not only on film, but also on the stage. Winning tonys for plays like "Spamalot." And he brought home his ninth tone for the revival of "Death of a salesman." But he said his life didn't start until he was 54. That's when he met the woman who would change everything. Spirited, hilarious, beloved. Father, grandfather and husband. It has been said by many that sitting next to mikeny cools at a dinner table was like winning the lottery. His genius, his laughter, his heart. And Diane and Mike enjoyed entertaining. When you were in their home. And you often ended up on the floor and looking up at Mike. His humor, his intellect, the stories. And I would watch Diane watching Mike. And she would always say to me, that's my guy. Oh. That's my guy. Yeah. It is incredible. But picking up on what you say, you feel smarter and funnier just being next to him. Incredible man. And what a career. What a career and so generous. Just -- and would talk about anything with you. I remember on "Gma" way back when, we would say what's your favorite place to be? Locations, wearing one of Mike's warm shirts and hearing his laugh. And a true love story. He knew what was important most, his family. Never stopped working either. Was working on masterclass with Meryl Streep. And I love what they said about Mike Nichols, he is the best of America, improves every shining hour. As does Diane. We're thinking of you. We're glad you have your beautiful family surrounding you. All our love to you.

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