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Director Mike Nichols
He won an Academy Award for directing The Graduate His other film directing credits include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Silkwood, Working Girl, and Primary Colors. Before he became a film director Nichols was known for his popular comedy improvisations with Elaine May.
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