‘Graduate’ director and Diane Sawyer’s husband Mike Nichols dies

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(PIX11) -- The Academy Award-winning director of "The Graduate" and husband of Diane Sawyer Mike Nichols has died. He was 83.

News of Nichols' sudden death was confirmed Thursday morning by ABC News, where his wife was the anchor of its nightly flagship program ABC World News.

"In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theater," ABC News president James Goldston said in a message to staff.

(Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

One of the few artists to win an EGOT -- an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony -- Nichols’ work includes iconic films including “The Graduate,” “Working Girl,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Annie,” “Spamalot,” “The Birdcage,” and “Angels in America.”

He recently had been working to adapt “Master Class,” a Tony-award winning play about opera legend Maria Callas, for HBO.

Nichols is survived by Sawyer, his wife of 26 years, their three children and four grandchildren.