By Rita Kokshanian
Updated Nov 20, 2014 @ 10:49 am
Mike Nichols
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Film, theater, and TV director Mike Nichols, the mastermind behind such classics as The Graduate, Working 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: