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
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
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
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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