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MIKE NICHOLS is a multi-faceted leader in the entertainment industry who has
been honored for his contributions to both stage and screen. His accolades
include 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 Elizabeth Taylor won an Academy
Award for Best
Actress. The following year, he received 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
nomination. The Graduate also garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best
Picture and, nearly three decades later, remains one of the seminal films of a
generation. Known as an actor's director, Nichols has directed 15 performances
cited for Oscar nominations.
Nichols has gone on to direct numerous critically and
commercially successful motion pictures including Silkwood and Working
both nominated for Academy Awards for Best Director, Catch 22, Carnal
Knowledge, Heartburn, Biloxi Blues, Postcards from the Edge, Regarding Henry,
Wolf and The Birdcage and Primary Colors, both of which were adapted by Elaine
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.
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