Stars React To Death Of Mike Nichols

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By Michael Lewittes

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Stars are paying tribute to legendary director Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday at 83. The award-winning director was married to Diane Sawyer and was one of the few to have an EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

Nichols directed many iconic films, including Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Charlie Wilson’s War and The Graduate, for which he won an Academy Award. He earned nine Tony awards for directing plays, including “The Odd Couple” and “Death of a Salesman.” He also directed the Emmy-winning TV miniseries “Angels in America and won a Grammy for a recording of a Broadway show he did called “An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May.”

Celebrities and media personalities are taking to social media to remember Nichols and send their love to Sawyer and the rest of their family. “Mike Nichols” and “The Graduate” have become trending topics on Twitter. Kevin Spacey wrote, “Mike Nichols gave me my start. A mentor, friend, colleague. One of the best observers of life. My thoughts are with Diane & his children.”

“So sad to learn of the death of Mike Nichols. My heart goes out to Diane, their families & everyone who marveled in his brilliance,” said Katie Couric. Meanwhile, Chris Rock tweeted, “We lost one of the greats.” And Mia Farrow stated, “Funniest, smartest, most generous, wisest, kindest of all. Mike Nichols, a truly good man.” Connie Britton reference The Graduate when she tweeted, “Thank you Mike Nichols. And here’s to you Mrs. Robinson. RIP”

“So sad to hear about the death of Mike Nichols. He was a creative giant,” expressed Steve Carell, while Hugh Jackman noted, “We lost the legendary Mike Nichols today. A pioneer of stage and film. A true visionary and a friend.” And Kerry Washington noted, “One of the absolute greatest.”

“Good-bye Mike Nichols. Thank you for leaving us with your masterpiece, ‘The Graduate,'” added Alyssa Milano. Jeremy Piven said, “The great Mike Nichols is gone, he gave us so much brilliant work it’s staggering. We were so lucky to have him, his legacy will live on.” John Leguizamo felt “so privileged he came to the premiere of @ghettoKlown! I was floored and honored.” And Ricki Lake shared, “I adored #MikeNichols. He cast me in a wee part in Working Girl so long ago. Also introduced me 2 #MerylStreep. #grateful. #nationaltreasure”

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