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Mike Nichols, 83: A prolific theater director who could do it all
Mike Nichols, 83: A prolific theater director who could do it all

From his popular act with Elaine May to his widely lauded directorial efforts on Broadway that netted him multiple Tony Awards, Mike Nichols was a giant of the New York theater scene -- a world he never abandoned despite his success in Hollywood. Nichols, who died on Wednesday at 83, was a versatile theater director who could seemingly do it all -- from serious dramas to light comedies to big-budget musicals. He directed a young Robert Redford in a 1963 production of "Barefoot in the Park"; staged the U.S. premiere of "The Real Thing," with Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons in 1984; and directed the popular 2005 musical "Spamalot." He lured frequent screen...

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