American Success Story Mike Nichols and the Loves of His Life

After escaping from Nazi Germany at age 7 and growing up in the U.S., Nichols made an indelible mark on Hollywood and the people he met.
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Finally tonight, all of us here thinking about our friend Diane. She once said about meeting Mike Nichols, I knew before he spoke and before he was walking across the room life was changing. He had an impact on so many of us. Reporter: Mike Nichols came to America the age of 7 and noticed it was different here. He said it was thrilling, first of all, the food made noise. We were so happy about rice crispies and Coca-Cola. He would grew up here, first medical school before finding his true calling, comedy first and behind the camera, his lens trained on the American culture, he embraced as a young man. There was Benjamin Braddock. The voice of so many angst ridden young men uncertain about love and future. There are so many indellible moments to count. A young Meryl Streep in heartburn. Meryl Streep once said of Nichols, he's responsible for igniting people's dreams. Who can forget robin Williams and Nathan lane exploring their identify dis. Husband and wives then and now, Sa deduction in the age of the internet. Mothers and daughters in postcards from the edge. I am still here! Reporter: He took on politics in primary colors, Charlie Wilson's war, always taking us on a journey, never quite knowing where we would turn next. Here at ABC tonight, we celebrate him, a dear friend to us, and we remember his family tonight. Our thoughts are with Mike's children, his grandchildren, and with Diane. We hope you have a good evening. Good night.

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