To chronicle the full body — even the highlights — of Mike Nichols' work would take an anthology. From his early days in comedy and theater, to his long and dynamic career as a film director and producer, Nichols' influence on contemporary American culture cannot be overstated.
When Nichols died yesterday at the age of 83, he left behind a legacy of work that has and will continue to resonate with generations of film lovers. As a director, he was truly unique in that each story was so carefully crafted and specific — yet he never left his handprints on a character. When you watch a Spielberg movie, you know it's Spielberg. Nichols was always the man behind the curtain.
Here, we share some of the cinematic moments that made him an icon. Check out some of our most beloved Mike Nichols films told through our favorite scenes. The Birdcage, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? What more can we say? Thank you.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Postcards from the Edge
Angels in America