NOVEMBER 19, 2014
VALE Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky (Mike Nichols)
November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014
Nicholls was multifaceted, building a career in live comedy, theatre, films and television. Though he had a reputation as a golden boy (making his film debut Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directing Burton and Taylor, cleverly innovating techniques to enhance the claustrophobic intimacy of that night from hell, and winning a best director gong the next year by casting against stereotype in The Graduate) he had as many flops as hits but they remained interesting.
His routines with Elaine May in the 1950s and early 1960s were unique and extremely sarcastic and sophisticated. Check out, for example, the YouTube clip of Mike and Elaine at the water-cooler, discussing the quiz show scandals: “It is a moral issue and to me that’s always so much more interesting than a real issue.”
Now Mikhail ascends to heaven, where his mother will surely greet him with “I’m your mother. Do you remember me?“