I have often posted about my love of reading about the creative process and those who have been major influences on our culture. Few people have had displayed the creativity and cultural impact in the second half of the 20th century than the late great Mike Nichols. I had long been an admirer of the celebrated theater, film and television director, but knew very little about the man and what was behind his brilliant mind. Now in the epic Mike Nichols – A Life, biographer Mark Harris peels back the man behind the art in a wonderfully satisfying exploration of the celebrated and complicated life of a great talent.

About Mike Nichols – A Life by Mark Harris:

“Mike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind: while still in his twenties, he was half of a hit improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country. Next he directed four consecutive hit plays, won back-to-back Tonys, ushered in a new era of Hollywood moviemaking with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and followed it with The Graduate, which won him an Oscar and became the third-highest-grossing movie ever. At thirty-five, he lived in a three-story Central Park West penthouse, drove a Rolls-Royce, collected Arabian horses, and counted Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonard Bernstein, and Richard Avedon as friends.”

Mike Nichols – A Life by Mark Harris is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.