By Rita Kokshanian
Nov 20, 2014 @ 10:49 am
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Film, theater, and TV director Mike Nichols, the mastermind behind such classics as The GraduateWorking Girl, and Closer, has passed away at the age of 83. Nichols, who was married to ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer, is one of the few individuals to win the EGOT—an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.

ABC News president James Goldston announced the sad news on Thursday morning, calling Nichols a "true visionary" and lauding his decades long career, which began when he directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? in 1966. He was also a producer and a writer. "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike."

"Mike had a sparkling wit and a brilliant mind. Beloved by so many in film, television and Broadway, there was no greater joy in his life than his family, and of course our own Diane Sawyer," Goldston says. "A true and beautiful love story, Mike and Diane were married for 26 years. He leaves behind three children—Daisy, Max and Jenny—and four wonderful grandchildren."

Below, celebrities react on Twitter to the loss of the talented director:

Mike Nichols gave me my start. A mentor, friend, colleague. One of the best observers of life. My thoughts are with Diane & his children.

So very sad to hear of Mike Nichols death. A great talent, a wonderful, bright, charming human being.

One of the absolute greatest. RIP. Mike Nichols.

Mike Nichols leaves behind a staggering body of work. He's one of the best filmmakers and stage directors ever. Influenced everyone. #GENIUS

RIP the Great Mike Nichols - elite member of the pantheon of directors whether stage screen or tv. Any conversation was rich w/wit & wisdom

Thank you, Mike Nichols.

RIP #MikeNichols What a gigantic loss!!! The greatest of the great.

The great Mike Nichols is gone, he gave us so much brilliant work it's staggering. We were so lucky to have him, his legacy will live on..

So sad to learn of the death of Mike Nichols. My heart goes out to Diane, their families & everyone who marveled at his brilliance.

Thoughts and prayers to @DianeSawyer on the passing of her husband, legendary actor/producer/director Mike Nichols

What an incredible loss of the consummate filmmaker Mike Nichols. He made us examine our true humanity. Always.

#mikeNichols R.I.P what a genius. I feel so privileged he came to the premiere of @ghettoKlown! I was floored and honored. He will b missed!

Thankyou To the Legendary Mike Nichols for directing me in my Broadway debut. I am forever grateful.

Oh No, #MikeNichols Nice man brilliant director!!!! Your vision will be missed

Thank you Mike Nichols. And here's to you Mrs. Robinson. RIP

Good-bye Mike Nichols. Thank you for leaving us with your masterpiece, "The Graduate". #RIP

we've lost one of the greats. rest in peace, Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols-you are one of the all time greats. A deeply kind soul, and an incredible artist. You will be greatly missed. RIP sir.

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