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Mike Nichols Suddenly Passes At 83

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – Mike Nichols, famed television, stage, film director, writer, producer and comedian passed away on Wednesday night November 19th. He was 83 at the time of his passing.

A native of Germany, Nichols was best known for directing acclaimed films such as The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Closer, Charlie Wilson's War, and the TV mini-series Angels in America.

He also staged the original theatrical productions of Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple and Spamalot.

Nichols' death was announced in a statement by ABC News President James Goldston.

"He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT-an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime," Goldston said in the statement.

Nichols, passed suddenly Wednesday, is survived by his wife, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, his children, Daisy, Max and Jenny, and four grandchildren. – Staff Writers