Award Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83
It is a sad day today as we all are becoming aware that one of our talented and beloved film directors has passed away. Condolences and tributes are pouring in all over social media since it was announced that Award-winning director Mike Nichols died last night at the age of 83.
Nichols is survived by his wife, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, his children, Daisy, Max, and Jenny, and four grandchildren.
Although we may not know NIchols by name, we all are aware of his brilliant work, like The Graduate, Death of a Salesman, Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?, Working Girl, Silkwood, The Birdcage, Primary Colors, Charlie Wilson’s War, and many others.
There are many great actors who worked with Nichols who are speaking out with loving words about their time spent with the him.
Julia Roberts who worked with Nichols on Charlie Wilson’s War and Closer said, “There are so few heroes in our world. So few impeccable craftsmen, so few people who personally unconditional love and friendship. Mike Nichols was like no other. In every way he was remarkable and amazing. His musing were like pearls, his jokes were timeless and perfectly place, his stories— detailed and wholly entertaining, his warm embrace was where you wanted to live forever. He savored life and his friends and French macaroons. He always, always told the truth. He loved Diane utterly, immeasurably, magically. He was my most cherished friend.”
Tom Hanks, who worked with Nichols on Charlie Wilson’s War said, “‘Forward. We must always move forward. Otherwise what will become of us?’ Said Mike Nichols, who changed the lives of those who knew him, who loved him, who will miss him so.”
Meryl Streep, who worked with Nichols on Silkwood and Angles in America said he was “an inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man.”
Steven Spielberg said, “Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America’s all-time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known. For me, The Graduate was life altering– both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best– and then Mike would get from them even more. And in a room full of people. Mike was always the center of gravity. This is a seismic loss.”
The news hit Whoopi Goldberg pretty hard. On the View this morning Rosie O’Donnell talked for Whoppi, who was all chocked up and said, “Mike Nichols is the one who first saw Whoopi performing and said, ‘You got something, kid.’ He gave her the entire beginning of her career and recognized her brilliance before anyone else.” Goldberg added, “We did a show, last year, where we brought in our mentors, and Mike is my mentor.” In a clip of the program, Goldberg and Nichols sit and recount the first time they met backstage at her one-woman show. “Whenever I’m with you, I know I’m OK,” Goldberg told NIchols. “You’re one of the few people who can actually bring me to tears.”
Best Mike Nichols Quotes:
“There’s nothing better than discovering, to your won astonishment, what you’re meant to do. It’s like falling in love.”
“That seems to me the greatest American danger we’re all in, that we’ll bargain away the experience of being alive for the appearance of it.”
“The only safe thing is to take a chance.”
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over.”