Mike Nichols, who won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate, has died aged 83.
The German-born US director was also Oscar nominated for his work on Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nichols was one of only 12 stars to win all four major US entertainment awards – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
His last film was 2007′s Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
The director was married to ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer – his fourth wife – whom he wed in 1988.
ABC News president James Goldston told staff Nichols died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday.
Describing him as “a true visionary”, Goldston said: “No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike.”
“In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theatre.”
Nichols had been working on an HBO film adaptation of Master Class – the Terrence McNally play about opera star Maria Callas – starring Meryl Streep in the lead role.
The film was to reunite the director with Streep, having previously worked together on 1983′s Silkwood and on stage in a 2001 production of The Seagull.