Remembering Legendary Filmmaker Mike Nichols

From "The Graduate" to "Closer," Nichols' award-winning career spanned decades and genres.
3:08 | 11/21/14

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Finally tonight, the multi-talented Mike Nichols passes away at the age of 83. From film to stage, television, it seemed there was no art form he could not elevate. "Nightline" Co anchor Dan Harris remembers some of the finest examples of a beautiful life. Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. He was the man behind the camera in some of the most iconic scenes in Hollywood's most unforgettable movies. From the graduate to working girl -- I have a head for business and a bod for sin. Reporter: Mike Nichols, it is safe to say, is a true legend of American entertainment, one of the few people ever to win an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and grammy. The winner is Mike Nichols. I'm grateful to them and to the academy and too the movies themselves, and I'd also like to wish my mother a happy birthday. Reporter: His was an extraordinary life. He escaped nazi Germany at age seven, coming to America barely knowing any English. In college, he met a young actress named Elaine may. Together they started the famous comedy due woe, Nichols and may. I feel awful. Oh, honey, if I could believe that I'd be the happiest mother. Reporter: He directed his first play, barefoot in the park, and received his first Tony. Who's afraid of -- Reporter: Then the movies, starting with who's afraid of Virginia woolf. Then carnal knowledge, heartburn, postcards from the edge and Charlie Wilson's war. But he said that for him, life didn't truly begin until he was age 54 and met Diane sawyer, a legend in her own right. Thus began a decades long romance and marriage. Diane was right by his side when Nichols was honored with a lifetime achievement award. He is the most encouraging person I've ever met. I remember once you said to me directing is like making love. You never know if you're doing it right. Reporter: At 80 he won a Tony for a revival of death of a salesman. You see before you a happy man. Reporter: He was working on master class for HBO starring Meryl Streep when he died at home suddenly of a cardiac arrest at age 83. His wife, Diane, by his side. Life is so short. Reporter: Today on "The view," whoopi Goldberg, who was discovered by Mike Nichols, broke down while announcing the news. This man meant the world to her. Love, family, food, movies. Good night moon, good night stars. I'll see you on the set and on the beach and in the kitchen and at the movies. Reporter: For "Nightline," this is Dan Harris in New York.

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