7 Facts About Mike Nichols

1. In 1986, Mike Nichols directed the film Heartburn, which received mixed reviews, and starred Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson.

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2. Rosie O'Donnell said that Mike Nichols had discovered Goldberg while she was struggling as a downtown street artist: "He gave her the entire beginning of her career and recognized her brilliance before anyone else.

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3. In 1983, Mike Nichols had seen comedian Whoopi Goldberg's one woman show, The Spook Show and wanted to help her expand it.

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4. In 1980, Mike Nichols directed the documentary Gilda Live, a filmed performance of comedian Gilda Radner's one-woman show Gilda Radner Live on Broadway.

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5. In 1977, Mike Nichols produced the original Broadway production of the hugely successful musical Annie, which ran for 2,377 performances until 1983.

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6. In 1966, Mike Nichols was a star stage director and Time magazine called him "the most in-demand director in the American theatre.

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7. In 1953, Mike Nichols left Chicago for New York City to study method acting under Lee Strasberg, but was unable to find stage work there.

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