Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

Dustin Hoffman looking at Anne Bancroft's leg in The Graduate (1967)

The death has been announced of director Mike Nichols, who is probably best known for directing the 1967 comedy The Graduate. He was 83.

Nichols had a long career, starting in comedy with professional partner Elaine May, and on Broadway, where he directed frequently with movies coming in between. Among the movies in addition to The Graduate are Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and 1983's Silkwood, with Meryl Streep playing the woman at a nuclear facility who decides to blow the whistle on corrupt practices. Silkwood was the movie that also showed Cher could really act.

I don't think TCM would have announced any programming tribute for Nichols since the news only broke a few hours ago.

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