Friday, 21 November 2014


EGOT honoree, famed comedian and celebrated director Mike Nichols has died at age 83. Born Mikhail Peschkowsky in Berlin, he left Germany for the US upon the outbreak of war in 1939, and quickly forged a lucrative career in the entertainment industry as an adult. As a member of comedy duo Nichols and May, alongside frequent career collaborator Elaine May, he received a Grammy award, before receiving a number of Tonys through the 1960s, and thereafter, and an Oscar for The Graduate, only his second film, after the groundbreaking Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. An Emmy followed in the new millennium, or four Emmys did, to be precise. Among his most popular films are Silkwood, The Birdcage and Primary Colours. He is survived by his fourth wife, TV news anchor Diane Sawyer, and his three children, Daisy, Max and Jenny.