The acclaimed film and theatre director Mike Nichols has died in New York at the age of 83. Nicholls was one of the few people ever to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

He won his Oscar back in 1967 for his groundbreaking film The Graduate and went on to be nominated for another 4 Oscars after that. Nichols’s stunning TV miniseries of Tony Kushner’s political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties Angels In America earned him a Best Director Emmy, one of 9 that the series was awarded.

Much loved by the gay community… he did, after all, start his film career directing the magnificent Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolfe? he will always be remembered by us for his hilarious and joyous camp movie The Birdcage with its glorious performances by Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.

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Meryl Streep who worked with Nichols on “Silkwood,” “Heartburn” and as well as “Angels in America.” Said today: ‘He was an inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man.’