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MIKE NICHOLS (Director/Producer) is a multi-faceted leader in the entertainment industry who has been honored for his contributions to both the stage and screen. During the course of his distinguished career, his many accolades have included an Oscar , an Emmy, seven Tony Awards and a Directors Guild Award.

Nichols directed his first film, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in 1966, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director and for which Elizabeth Taylor won an Academy Award for Best Actress. The following year, he won the Oscar for Best Director as well as the Directors Guild Award and the New York Film Critics Award for The Graduate, which propelled Dustin Hoffman to instant stardom and an Academy Award nomination. The Graduate also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and nearly three decades later remains one of the seminal films of a generation.

Subsequently, Nichols has gone on to direct numerous critically and commercially successful films including Silkwood and Working Girl, both nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director, Catch 22, Carnal Knowledge, Heartburn, Biloxi Blues, Postcards from the Edge, Regarding Henry, Wolf and the Elaine May-penned The Birdcage.

Nichols was born in Berlin, Germany to a Russian father and German mother. His family immigrated to the United States when he was seven and he was brought up in New York City. He attended the University of Chicago where, together with Elaine May and Paul Sills, he founded the comedy group The Compass, later renamed Second City.

In 1957, the now legendary team of Nichols and May was formed. Starting at the Blue Angel in New York, they performed in nightclubs all over the country. Nichols and May created numerous television specials and appeared as guests on Omnibus, The Dinah Shore Show and The Jack Paar Show. In 1960, they brought An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May to Broadway, where it ran for a year. The show was still selling out when the team decided to end the run and pursue separate careers. At this time, Nichols turned to directing.

Nichols began directing for the stage, making his Broadway debut in 1963 with the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, starring Robert Redford, which won his first of seven Tony Awards. He then went on to win Tony Awards as Best Director for Luv, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Prisoner of Second Avenue and The Real Thing as well.

Additionally, Nichols directed an unprecedented string of hits that include The Knack, The Apple Tree, the 1978 Pulitzer Prize-winning The Gin Game and the winner of the New York Drama Critics Award, Streamers. He also directed the highly successful revivals of The Little Foxes and Uncle Vanya, the U.S. production of Comedians as well as Hurlyburly, Social Security, Waiting for Godot and Death and the Maiden. As a theatrical producer, he presented Whoopi Goldberg on Broadway and the smash Broadway musical Annie, which won seven Tony Awards, spawning a feature film adaptation and the now-classic anthem "Tomorrow."

In 1987, Nichols received the George Abbott Award and in 1990 was honored by the American Museum of the Moving Image for his contribution to the film industry.


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