Nichols was married to Diane Sawyer, former anchorwoman of
ABC's "World News Tonight" broadcast.
No director ever moved between Broadway and Hollywood as easily
as Nichols. He also was one of the few people to win Oscar,
Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards in a career that first blossomed
with a comedy partnership with Elaine May in the late 1950s.
"In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike
created some of the most iconic works of American film,
television and theater," ABC News President James Goldston said
Thursday in a memo to news staff. "He was a true visionary."
Nichols was born Michael Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin, where his
parents had settled after leaving Russia. He came to the United
States at age 7 when his family fled the Nazis in 1939.
He grew up in New York feeling like an outsider because of his
limited English and odd appearance - a reaction to a
whooping-cough vaccine had caused permanent hair loss. As a
University of Chicago student, he fought depression but found
like-minded friends such as May.
(Writing by Bill Trott Editing by; Doina Chiacu)
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