Nichols’s career was truly varied and wide ranging, spanning all media, so it’s little surprise that tributes and recollections are pouring in from all over.
Below, but a selection of messages from well-wishers and admirers, which we will continue to update as they come in.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of Mike Nichols death,” Nancy Reagan said in a statement. “I can think of no better way to describe this extraordinary human being than to call him a masterpiece. He was a man of devotion – to his friends, to his art, to his industry, to his family and to his beloved wife. He leaves a huge void in all of our hearts. My love and prayers go out to Diane, his children and the entire family.”
Ron Howard told CBS that he re-watched The Graduate repeatedly in the 1960s to see how Nichols put together his shots.
Meryl Streep, who worked with Nichols on Silkwood, Heartburn and Angels in America, offered the following statement on Nichols: “An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man.”
Kevin Spacey had a role in Nichols’s Working Girl in 1988, just two years after his first film role (in Heartburn as “Subway Thief”).
“‘Forward. We must always move forward. Otherwise what will become of us?’ Said Mike Nichols, who changed the lives of those who knew him, who loved him, who will miss him so.” – Tom Hanks, who starred in Charlie Wilson’s War, which Nichols directed.
Harvey Fierstein joked about Nichols’s creative versatility.
Steven Spielberg’s statement on Nichols’s passing: “Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America’s all-time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known. For me, The Graduate was life-altering – both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best – and then Mike would get from them even more. And in a room full of people, Mike was always the center of gravity. This is a seismic loss.”
John Leguizamo recalled that Nichols attended Leguizamo’s one-man Broadway show, Ghetto Klown.
“Mike Nichols was a true artist and visionary,” John Travolta said in a statement. “He was royalty and made any one he loved and admired feel the same. I will miss him and forever be grateful for his talent and care. Love you Mike.”