courtesy BBC News, 20 November 2014 Last updated at 09:06 ET
Mike Nichols, who won a Grammy as a comedy performer with Elaine May (pictured above), and an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, has died aged 83.
The German-born US director was also Oscar nominated for his work on Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? His last film was 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
The director was married to ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer – his fourth wife – whom he wed in 1988.
An ABC spokesperson said Nichols died of a cardiac arrest on Wednesday.
ABC News president James Goldston describing him as “a true visionary”, adding: “No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike.”
“In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theatre.”
Nichols had been working on an HBO film adaptation of Master Class – the Terrence McNally play about opera star Maria Callas – starring Meryl Streep in the lead role.
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Some of his recorded work with then-wife Elaine May was among the funniest material of the day.
And, who didn’t like The Graduate?