Written by Scott Orris
“The words are secondary and the secrets are primary. That’s what interests me most,” Nichols expressed in a 1965 interview (Weber Mike Nichols, "Urbane Director Loved By Crowds and Critics dies at 83"). This keen observation of the human condition sparked the career of the young stage director and led him to become one of the few people to win the Academy Award, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Awards. With his death on November 19th, Nichols left an indelible legacy in directing some of the most important movies in the history of film. Known more recently for films such as Charlie Wilson’s War (Nichols, 2007), The Closer (Nichols, 2004), and Wit (Nichols, 2001), Nichols explored the depths of human relationships and humor in his films, and stage productions for over fifty years. But it was in directing movies such as The Graduate (Nichols, 1967), Carnal Knowledge (Nichols, 1971) and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf (Nichols, 1966) which he became most associated with as a director of coming of age stories within the context of the 1960’s.
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