The Graduate
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Mike Nichols 'didn't direct actors, he inspired them'

Mike Nichols, one of Hollywood's best-known directors, has died at the age of 83.

He was among an elite few who managed to win all of America's big four entertainment awards - an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony.

His first film, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, while The Graduate - featuring Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role - earned Nichols his first Oscar.

And the hits continued - on screen and stage - over many decades.

The BBC's Arts Editor Will Gompertz looks back at his life.

  • 21 Nov 2014
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